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After unanimous vote, Forestport Elementary School is closing

After a unanimous vote from the Adirondack Central School District, Forestport Elementary School will be closing.

Posted: Apr 4, 2019 11:57 PM

BOONVILLE, N.Y. - After a unanimous vote from the Adirondack Central School District, Forestport Elementary School will be closing.

Dozens of parents and staff attended a special meeting Thursday night. Two parents spoke during the public hearing session, expressing that this decision is happening too quickly and parents didn't have enough involvement in the discussion. 

Adirondack school board officials are closing the Forestport school due to decreasing enrollment and a need to save money. 

"I feel horrible because honestly, none of them really considered it," TJ Lisowski, Forestport parent said. "Its been a short time before they made their decision, it's only been not even two months and they hurry up and just say yes we're going to close the school. It's depressing."

The students from Forestport will now be attending Boonville Elementary School this fall.

Many parents say their kids going to Boonville Elementary will be an inconvenience for them and their children.

"It's very inconvenient, I mean they're going to have to get on the bus at seven years old and five years old and have to get on the bus for an hour and a half in the morning and probably have to ride with teenagers and highschoolers it's very upsetting," Lisowski said.

According to the school district clerk, as of March1, Forestport's enrollment was 79 students from Kindergraden to 5th grade. After Forestport students relocate, Boonville has a projected enrollment for the next school year of about 393 students.

Adirondack school board officials say this will create a better balance in class size, but some parents think it will make it harder for their children to learn.

“The smaller classes are going to be better for the kid’s education and they’re going to get more one on one," Lisowski said. "I don’t care who the teacher is, they don’t have enough time to go back and forth with each student and if they have a bigger class they’re only going to spend a certain amount of time, they need the one on one.”

According to the school district, estimated savings from the Forestport school closing would be around $600,000, included would be cutting two full-time elementary teachers, a full-time nurse, along with a few part-time positions such as a physical education teacher, an office worker, a cafeteria worker, and a cleaner.

Forestport will be closed after this current school year and the district is now working on a transition plan for the Forestport students.

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