Carmel Central School District refines plan to address multi-million-dollar deficit

One potential solution under consideration is a transition to the Princeton Model, which would involve consolidating grade levels and school buildings.

News 12 Staff

Mar 15, 2024, 10:15 AM

Updated 124 days ago

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Amid ongoing efforts to tackle a significant budget shortfall, Carmel Central School District is continuing to refine its strategy for the current fiscal year.
One potential solution under consideration is a transition to the Princeton Model, which would involve consolidating grade levels and school buildings. This restructuring could also necessitate the elimination of multiple positions, after-school activities, and various programs.
Advocates of the plan argue that such changes are long overdue, particularly as enrollment numbers decline.
James Wise, a board trustee at Carmel Central School District, emphasized the need to evaluate staffing levels critically, ensuring that resources are allocated appropriately to support the district's needs.
Brittany Pisco, a concerned parent, expressed hope that collaborative efforts would lead to constructive solutions.
The board president assured stakeholders that all decisions would prioritize the best interests of the students.
To gather community input, another hearing is scheduled for Monday at Matthew Patterson Elementary School at 6:30 p.m.


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