Fall 2019 FAQ
UPDATED, OCTOBER, 24, 2019: This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document addresses questions that have been posed to the Board and administration and many more. As we receive more questions, we will continually update the document. The most recent update includes more detailed enrollment historical data.
Topics addressed based on the October 22 and 23 community forums:
- FAQ #3 - Is the District considering other alternatives that DO NOT require closing a school?
- FAQ #5 - Why are our consultants with Interactive Inc. or the Board not engaging in discussion about alternatives in the first set of community forums?
- FAQ #6 - When will our consultants, and the Board and administration, entertain questions and answers, and discuss alternatives with the public?
- FAQ #11 - Where children born out of NY State, say in Connecticut, counted in the birth rates for cohort survival calculations?
- FAQ # 13 - Is the District relying solely on the findings and alternatives provided by the “Seversky” 2018 demographic study?
- FAQ #15 - The District has NOT decided to close an elementary school and is actively pursuing all options, including program modifications that DO NOT entail closing a school. However, during community forums, many have stated that there are no savings to be gleaned in closing a school. It is important to deal in facts. This item presents Dr. Seversky’s estimated savings for each of the scenarios he presented.
- FAQ #16 - While the district has not decided to close an elementary school and, in fact, has made no decisions; we must deal in facts. It has been stated that transportation costs have not been incorporated into the estimates above and would subsume the savings. This item addresses this topic.
- FAQ #17 - While the district has not decided to close an elementary school and, in fact, has made no decisions; we must deal in facts. It has been stated numerous times that if a school is closed, class sizes will increase. This item addresses this topic.