PHILLIPS - If fewer students used the state's open enrollment program to leave their home districts and attend school elsewhere, small rural districts such as Phillips would likely be in much better financial positions than they are right now. But if its enrollment numbers stay at their current level, Phillips stands to lose more than $300,000 in state aid next year thanks to the open enrollment trends.
At the close of the formal open enrollment window last week, about 80 students living in the Phillips district plan to attend school somewhere else next year. At the same time, fewer than half that many students chose to leave their home districts to attend Phillips.
Based on the current funding formula, Phillips will lose about $6,600 in state funds for every student who leaves the district.