has two official pupil count days; one in September and one in
February. The count days are used to determine the amount of state aid
each district will receive. The Pupil Accounting Office works with local
school districts to ensure that both the local districts and Berrien
RESA have an accurate count of students and verifies that all Michigan
Department of Education (MDE) procedures are followed.
the State School Aid Act mandates that the MDE require each district,
public school academy and ISD/RESA to have a pupil membership audit by
an ISD/RESA auditor. A desk audit is performed for every district each
count. A field audit is performed based on a rotation schedule. The MDE
requires a field audit be done on high school buildings at least once
every two school years and on all middle school and elementary school
buildings at least once every four school years. After completion of the
audits, narratives are sent to the MDE, as well as the districts.
Pupil Accounting Office also verifies that every district provides at
least the minimum required hours of instruction for the school year and
that each district had at least 75 percent of the students scheduled for
instruction in attendance on scheduled days counted.