Districts across West Michigan are hoping for a strong turnout from their student bodies Wednesday, Oct. 5, as the first Count Day of the 2016-2017 school year gets underway.
Attendance for each school dictates the percentage of state funding their district will receive.
"Attendance is solid," said Innovation Central High Principal Mark Frost. "Again, we had about 230 freshman come in this year and we have no attendance area. So we have to recruit every last student that we get."
For Grand Rapids Public Schools, officials said they are encouraged by attendance so far, adding that it may be a "historic day" for the district.
“The first day of school we had I think the largest attendance that we’ve had in quite a few years,” said Teresa Weatherall Neal, GRPS Superintendent . “And so my hope is today that it will be even better.”
The second Count Day for the year is scheduled for Feb. 8, 2017.