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S-G bows out of TVHS

Tech Valley principal says enrollment steady despite some districts declining to send new students

— Each grade has around 30 students, said Liebert.

“We are not at a full capacity yet and that is probably an indication of the economy and what we are hearing from the districts,” Liebert said. “The districts that are participating are continuing to participate.”

TVHS officials did not provide exact enrollment numbers for past years before The Spotlight went to press.

Liebert said TVHS is not experiencing “a declining enrollment,” but Scotia-Glenville isn’t the only district in Schenectady County facing the tough choice to pull back BOCES type programs.

He added Mohonasen Central School District currently doesn’t have any students at TVHS and that the only student the district has sent graduated last year. According to Mohonasen district spokeswoman Adrienne Leon, the district doesn’t plan to send another student in the coming school year.

Schalmont Central School District Superintendent Valarie Kelsey said the district has one student currently at TVHS and they will graduate this school year. Although, she said if a student applied to attend the school the district would probably send another student.

“It is another option of many types of BOCES-type programs … at Schalmont we try to have as many options as we can for students,” Kelsey said. “We have had a couple students that have gone and felt it was not right for them.”

Outside of Schenectady County, Bethlehem Central School District spokesman Bill DeVoe said the district currently has one student attending TVHS although the school was approved for two, but the district “cut one student due to budget constraints.”

Swartz said Scotia-Glenville is hopeful it would be able to send another student in the future.

S-G school board member Andrew Crapo echoed this statement, but added that the cost for one to two students to attend TVHS could otherwise be used to benefit a greater number of students.

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