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Board faces enrollment options

According to school officials, the Scotia-Glenville Central School District has four options for balancing enrollment between its four elementary schools. Those four options are: doing nothing, redistricting particular streets, establishing swing zones or closing one of the schools most likely Lincoln. A decision, which could affect the 2007 fall registration, will not likely come easily for the board.

At the Monday, Nov. 13, board of education meeting, Superintendent Susan Swartz said this is not a sudden problem, but rather one that has been creeping up" in the district for several years.

"We are reaching that crucial point where we need to do more than simply reassign certain students to try and balance out our two village schools and our two town schools," said Swartz.

Currently Glendaal and Glen Worden are growing in enrollment every year, but, at the same time, enrollment is waning at Lincoln and Sacandaga. This trend is partly a result of growth in Glenville.

Swartz has held several focus groups with staff and parents in an effort to pinpoint the greatest concerns throughout the district.

"What I found most disturbing is that there are people who feel that village schools are not as good as our town schools. I've heard people saying that the different cultures at the four schools make some more popular than others," said Swartz during a presentation on redistricting. "I can assure you that each elementary school is at a high level of quality education. I also found that everyone feels very passionately about his or her neighborhood school, which is a good thing."

Other board members spoke in opposition to redistricting.

"I fail to see how redistricting streets has helped us in the past," said board member Ben Conlon. "You are always going to encounter those same problems."

Board member Kurt Anhert said he agreed with Conlon that redistricting is not a solution.

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