Casualty of tightening times in Constableville

TOWN OF TURIN — As anticipated by many because of falling enrollment and rising costs, the South Lewis Board of Education voted unanimously Tuesday to close Constableville Elementary at the end of this school year.

The building was erected in the 1920s.

Come autumn, pupils who attended Constableville will be split between Port Leyden and Glenfield elementaries. Fifth graders will be sent to the middle school in Turin. The move results in roughly 200 students at the two elementaries, with class sizes ranging from 16-23, school officials said.

Through retirements and attrition, the job losses closing will be minimal, officials said.

Superintendent Douglas E. Premo had said the closing is projected to save at least $550,000, including $350,000 in staffing reductions and $60,000 in transportation.

School enrollment as of Jan. 3 was 90.

The action item calling for the closure, approved by the board Tuesday, stated that the district "is continuing to confront financial difficulties as a result of reduced state aid to support its educational programs."