KEYSER - Mineral County Schools experienced a small increase in enrollment this year, and part of the reason could be the county's new Cyber School program.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Mineral County Schools experienced a small increase in enrollment this year, and part of the reason could be the county’s new Cyber School program.
Superintendent Shawn Dilly announced during a recent board of education meeting that, once the numbers came in for the 2018-2019 school year, Mineral County is “actually far better off than with thought.”
Dilly said before the final numbers were available, it had looked like the county would be approximately 40 students down from the previous year.
With some schools losing students but others gaining, Dilly said, however, that Mineral County overall was up eight students over last year.
Total enrollment for 2018-2019 is 4,184.
“The new Cyber Academy assisted us in getting a few extra students,” Dilly said, referring to the county’s new program which offers home-schooled and other students the opportunity to take their schooling online using county-approved material.
State funding is tied to student enrollment, and if the student population goes down, so does the funding.
Dilly said while Mineral County did not gain enough to have its funding increased, it was still “not enough to provide additional money.”