Scotia-Glenville faces $2.3M budget gap

Layoffs, grade restructuring on the table, school closure talks in the future

— Swartz is also suggesting a different grade organization within the school, with elementary serving grades K-4, middle school 5-7 and high school 8-12. The elementary schools have less available space available, but the high school would be able to serve the extra students, she said.

“Our elementary schools are a little tighter,” she said. “There are many middle schools that have a 5, 6, 7 combination … I think the thing that people will have to think a bit about is 8-12 for high school.”

Swartz said housing developments in the Town of Glenville could drive additional students to the district, although that development is primarily rental properties.

“If those drive students to the district then potentially I think enrollment wise could go back to K-5, 6-8, 9-12, but not for a while,” she said.

Swartz is going to present her first round of proposed reductions during the Board of Education meeting on Monday, March 5. The cuts will total from $1 million to $1.3 million and include around 22 full-time equivalent positions being cut.

In the school’s 2009-10 budget 5.2 FTE positions were cut. The 2010-11 school year held a larger amount of cut positions at 19.7.

For information on the school’s budget visit its website at www.scotiaglenvilleschools.org.

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