GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- The Grand Rapids Public Schools district is celebrating its best student count day in nearly 20 years.
The state provides funding based on student population, so attendance on count day is very important.
Schools usually to do something special to encourage attendance even more. At Palmer Elementary, students played with sidewalk chalk, jumped rope, and more.
Grand Rapids receives more than $7,200 per student from the state. The money is used to cover costs in the classroom, as well as salaries, benefits, and retirement.
The district's total budget is $200 million.
GRPS anticipated losing 400 students this year, but the district says it now expects that number to be less than 100. District spokesman John Helmholdt credits the transformation plan put into place two years ago.