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Declining enrollment could cause Bedford SD to close some of its schoolsPosted: Updated:
Declining enrollment could cause the Bedford Central School District to close some of its schools.
Since 2016, the district has seen enrollment on a steady decline – and things are not looking up according to a 2018 demographic study.
One scenario projects kindergarten to fifth grade enrollment could drop by well over 200 students within the next few years.
"One of the things that clearly is occurring in Bedford as it is occurring in other areas is that the number of live births is declining,” says Bedford Town Supervisor Chris Burdick .
The Board of Education is working with the community to find the most cost-effective ways to organize its K-12 program over the next three years.
The district is looking at a few options the latest study provides, including closing anywhere from one to three elementary schools, moving certain grades around to other schools like Fox Lane Middle School or changing nothing at all.
The school district says transparency is key and it’s working with the community to make a final decision together.
The superintendent stresses the fact that no decision has been made yet as the Board of Education weighs all options before adopting a plan this coming June and implementing it the following school year.