Attendance Rises at Menifee Union School District

During the school budget meetings six months ago, declining attendance figures were partly to blame for Menifee Union School District's ...

During the school budget meetings six months ago, declining attendance figures were partly to blame for Menifee Union School District's budget shortfall.

But in the past several weeks, attendance is climbing.

Betti Cadmus, the public information officer for the district, reports that week after week, student enrollment is on the rise...

Jul 17th - 8,442 students
Jul 24th - 8,455
Jul 31st - 8,466
Aug 07th - 8,497
Aug 14th - 8,536

Betti credits new families moving into Menifee as the primary reason.

Each student that attends brings in thousands of dollars each year for the district.

The home foreclosures and short sales have perhaps reached a saturation point where Menifee is looking very attractive to those in higher rent communities in San Diego and Orange Counties. Or at least, that's my take anyways.

All these younger students moving in will make it tougher for unification to become reality. Probably the biggest reason why Menifee Union couldn't bring Paloma Valley High School into its fold is because we couldn't qualify for state financial assistance. In order to qualify, 25% of the total students in the newly unified district had to be Paloma Valley High students. We had something like 23.9% at the last unification meeting in June. Now with more K-8 students coming in, that percentage will likely drop further.

Note: The Californian reported on this same news last week, but said that enrollment is down, when compared to the same time last year.

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  1. Where are the new schools being funded by Measure B going to be built? When are they going to be started?

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