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Average Class Size Remains Same, Enrollment Declines in Yorktown Schools

The total projected cost of instruction is expected to decrease by 0.74 percent, or $382,600 for the 2012-2013 school year.

The average class size for the next school year is expected to stay the same and school enrollment will decline, according to officials at the .

Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Tom Cole presented the seventh overall school budget presentation on Monday and reviewed the proposed instruction, pupil personnel services and technology budget for the upcoming year.

(To view the powerpoint presentation on the district's website, click here.)

For the 2012-2013 year, officials are expecting 92 fewer students, which will bring the total to 3,609 students. The biggest decline of students would be in with 58 fewer students, followed by 42 fewer students in the .

According to data released by the district, enrollment has been steadily decreasing since 2005. In 2010 the French Hill Elementary School was closed and it is now being rented out to two sports associations. The current economy, the cost of housing are some of the factors officials attributed to the enrollment decline. 

"I think you're seeing the decline in enrollment mirror the state of the economy over an extended period of time," Cole said. 

The total projected cost of instruction, excluding and co-curricular expenses, which were presented separately, is expected to decrease by 0.74 percent, or $382,600.

2011-2012 Budget      $51,379,510 

2012-2013 Budget      $50,996,910  

Total Change             (-) $382,600

One of the points emphasized was the insufficient amount of money provided to Yorktown schools to implement mandated Race to the Top (RTTP) initiatives. The district will receive $6,500 each year for a four-year period to implement initiatives that will cost approximately $100,000 to implement this year, and will increase each year thereafter.

New Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) requirements for teachers and principals linked to the RTTP mandate requires trainings for teachers, administrators, principals and district office administrators. Further adding to the cost of APPR implementation are the required additional assessments for students, scoring, data and technology management, school administrators said. 

The total cost for staff members salaries for 2012-2013 is $42,791,235, a decline from this school year's cost of $43 million.

The Yorktown Central School District, like others in the area, uses nearly 20 percent of its budget, approximately $18 million to pay for at least 150 unfunded mandates, Cole said. A cap would not be necessary if districts had relief from the growing list of unfunded and under-funded mandates, according to district administrators. 

Technology continues to play an important part of the district’s investments. Cole said the more than 250 SmartBoards and projectors, wireless network, Xerox work stations have led the district to be more efficient and save money. One of the initiatives for 2012-2013 is the to let staff and certain students bring their own electronic devices. 

The district serves approximately 3,600 pupils in six schools: Brookside and Mohansic Elementary Schools, Crompond Intermediate School, Mildred E. Strang Middle School and the Yorktown High and Alternative High Schools. Please visit the Yorktown Central School District website regularly at www.yorktown.org for updated information, including a calendar of Board of Education budget work sessions and business meetings, informative documents and links.

The next budget work session will be on Monday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at the cafeteria. The entire Superintendent’s proposed budget will be reviewed and presented to the Board of Education for adoption on April 9. 

Videos of Board of Education meetings are archived and can be viewed on the district website at www.yorktown.org. Meetings are usually available within 48 hours at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on FIOS Channel 27 and at the same times on Cablevision Channel 18 daily. 

To read more articles about the rest of the budget presentations, .

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