Houston Independent School District’s enrollment has declined for the second straight year, which likely will cause another round of budget cuts, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Enrollment declined by about 4,300 students this school year over last year, which is about a 2 percent decrease, according to the Nov. 2 article.
The Chronicle reported that the decline in enrollment is the largest the school district has experienced since 2006.
The decline may lead to further spending cuts for the district. Over the past two years, the district already had reduced spending by a total of $83 million, and close to $125 million was pulled from the district’s rainy-day fund to cover operating costs, the article reported.
“That’s simple math. That’s got to be done,” HISD Board of Trustees President Rhonda Skillern-Jones told the Chronicle. “Our reserves do not replenish themselves, and it’s not sustainable to continue using them.”
The district currently has about 209,900 students.
The growth of charter schools, the effects of Hurricane Harvey and perceptions of leadership instability in the district are considered factors in the decline, according to the article.