School leaders in Albemarle County are noticing a less than encouraging trend. The number of at-risk students receiving free and reduced lunch is on the rise, and that affects how the county allocates its staff.
The county uses a formula based on the number of students receiving free and reduced lunch to determine which schools should have more teachers on staff. But since the school system adopted that formula about a decade ago, it says rapid population growth in the county has rendered it less effective. Administrators are considering changing the formula within the next year.
In 2007, less than 21 percent of students relied on free and reduced lunch. That number is currently up to 28 percent.
The school system says the total number of enrolled students is also growing, but it cannot pinpoint exactly what is causing increases in the at-risk population.