Schalmont schools start roundtable discussions

There were five sources of data used to evaluate the district, said Paul Seversky, of Advisory Solutions, who conducted the study. The sources include live births in the district, new households with children moving into the district, new population of child-bearing with plans for a family moving into the district, enrollment of students from non-public schools or home school settings, school programs changes in assistance to students for academic success.

"What you are looking at, you arte crafting the future fort your kids and that takes a lot of involvement from everybody," said Seversky. "The study does not recommend anything, as a guest outsider that is not my role."

Enrollment number for kindergarten to twelfth-grade for the 2009 to 2010 school year was 1,996 students, which has been steadily declining from the 2004 to 2005 enrollment total of 2,162 students.

Schenectady County live births remained fairly steady since 2002 to 2008, but within the district's enrollment area the numbers have been generally declining.

Housing developments also aren't projected to boost enrollment numbers.

"At this time there is nothing solid to project any new enrollment cause of housing," said Seversky. "There is a set or even a close to some semblance of phase of some of these units."

Enrollment projections were also provided by Seversky, which stated kindergarten to fifth grade will decrease by 70 to 110 pupils in the next five years, the sixth to eighth grade decreasing by 20 pupils in the next eight years, and ninth to twelfth grade decreasing by 90 to 110 pupils in the next ten years.

With the projected bleak outlook, the district needs to decide how to run the district.

In last years school budget, said Kelsey, the school implemented cost saving measures cutting $1.2 million from the districts budget. Kelsey said The cuts included the DARE program, the Gifted and Talented program, combining to small classes at Mariaville, reducing the district's instructional material by 30 percent, cutting the summer enrichment programs and cutting nearly 12 full-time employees.

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