Adirondack district eyes viability of three elementary schools

Dave Gymburch
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Posted 3/11/19

BOONVILLE — The viability of maintaining three elementary school buildings is being reviewed by the Adirondack Central School District Board of Education. District Superintendent Edward Niznik …

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Adirondack district eyes viability of three elementary schools

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BOONVILLE — The viability of maintaining three elementary school buildings is being reviewed by the Adirondack Central School District Board of Education.

District Superintendent Edward Niznik said Friday that at the last board meeting, in light of a number of factors including declining enrollment, “the board questioned the viability of maintaining three elementary buildings in the future.”

The board is “still in the process of collecting information in order to make an informed decision,” added Niznik, and “no decision has been made at this time.” The board’s next regular public meeting is Tuesday night at 7 in the Boonville Elementary School.

The Adirondack district includes Boonville, Forestport and West Leyden elementary schools, plus a middle school and a library.

According to minutes from the school board’s Jan. 22 meeting, the board raised a question “as to the viability of keeping all three elementary buildings open given the drop in enrollment.”

The minutes also said that the board of education asked the administration to look at the financial impact of keeping the buildings open versus consolidating, “as well as how that would affect class size.”

In addition, “the board would like to see the value of the buildings,” plus the options if one site did not have students along with the implications for transportation and a long-term savings in consolidating the buildings, according to the district’s
meeting minutes.

The Adirondack district has experienced a 23 percent drop in enrollment since the 2003-04 year, said the minutes, and it is projected there will be a 29 percent drop by 2022-23.

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