The St. Louis School Board's projected budget anticipates mass defections to charter and private schools. Board members fear that exodus will worsen as the controversy over a pending state intervention in the district escalates. District officials estimate that charter school enrollment will balloon to 9,000 in the coming school year from 5,200 this year. At $337.6 million, the projected budget for the coming school year is tailored for an estimated enrollment of 28,000 students--a drop of more than 12,000 since 2004. A proposed reduction of 300 teaching and administrative positions is one way the draft budget compensates for the loss.