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Attendance is critical for Rossford this week, as officials say this "Count Week" puts the future of the district at stake.
According to the superintendent, says this week is imperative because hundreds of thousands of dollars are on the line.
The number of students determines how much state funding the school district will get. Each year, the state allocates these funds based on average daily attendance. This week will determine funding for 2014.
School officials are also trying to get additional funding from the community for new schools. A 4.6 mill bond issue will be placed on the ballot to raise slightly more than $32 million.
Officials fear getting community support won't be possible if they see a decrease in students enrolled in the district.
"Is it critical? Absolutely. Every student is critical and every attendance day is important. Our mission here, of course, is to educate students," said Superintendent Dan Creps.
Creps says there are changes proposed in the state legislature for 2015 that would require districts to conduct three different counts throughout the year.