The co-chairs of JFAC questioned state Schools Supt. Tom Luna today about the latest numbers on student enrollment, which affect state funding. Luna's finance expert, Tim Hill, told JFAC that the number of support units, which is roughly a classroom's worth of kids, was anticipated at 201 for next year, but newer estimates put it in the 165 to 175 range. A difference of 35 fewer classroom units would mean a savings of roughly $3.2 million. "Hey, in this budget we're looking for every dime we can find," said Senate Finance Chairman Dean Cameron, R-Rupert. "That's very helpful."
However, Hill said that savings already is rolled in to the numbers that Luna presented to JFAC this morning.