The Dublin Independent School District won’t be receiving $325,000 from the state as expected.

Superintendent Roy Neff said daily attendance is down by 65 students. Those students were figured into this year’s budget at $5,000 each. Neff said the number of students attending had been going down all year.

Neff said he is pleased with the overall attendance for those enrolled, which is 96 percent.

“It’s not that they are not attending, it’s that they are not here,” Neff said. “Some of you may have a better explanation of why than I do.”

Neff said this year’s budget was figured on the 2005-06 number of 1,243.8 attendees and he planned to use this year’s figure of 1,178.7 to construct the new budget unless the board disagreed.

“We may not want to do that. I don’t know,” Neff said.

For several years the district has seen numbers of students fall, according to a report Neff reviewed with the board.

In the 1999-2000 school year students numbered 1345.7. In the last seven years students have decreased by about 167.

“We’ve been trimming down every year,” Neff said.

Neff said state funding is driven by the average daily attendance numbers and tax collections.

ANGELIA JOINER is a staff writer for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at angelia.joiner@empiretribune.com or (254) 965-3124,ext. 238