Silver City – Enrollment has dropped in the Silver Consolidated School District, meaning less state money for the southwestern New Mexico district.
The latest count shows the Silver City-based district with 58 fewer students than last year.
The state uses average enrollment on two set days to determine funding for the next school year.
Superintendent Dick Pool says the enrollment drop will cost the district about $493,000 in 2011-2012.
That's on top of a 2 percent cut imposed by the Legislature last year, which cost Silver about $450,000.
Pool says the district has been dealing with declining enrollment and revenue for years.
Some enrollment loss is blamed on layoffs at the nearby Chino and Tyr2one mines, which caused a ripple effect among companies that supplied them.
Information from: Silver City Daily Press, http://www.scdailypress.com
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