As many school districts in the Southeast Valley contend with shrinking enrollment, Chandler's public schools are counting on growth.
The Chandler Unified School District expects from 500 to 700 more students next year, continuing some growth, albeit slower than the go-go days of the past.
Chandler schools are seeing more kindergartners enter the district than high school students graduate. The district expects more than 39,500 students next school year, which begins July 23 because it runs on a modified year-round schedule.
Student growth will translate into more money for the district. Each student is worth about $6,000 in funding from the state.
The district is preparing a budget to bring to the governing board's study session Wednesday. The district expects its maintenance and operations budget to be about $216.4 million, up from $209 million for the school year that just ended.