ELMSFORD, N.Y. The Elmsford Union Free School District's enrollment has remained static despite many students having to re-register for the upcoming academic year.
The current projection for the upcoming school year is 979 students three more than last year according to Superintendent of Schools Barbara Peters.
Administrators said that the influx of out-of-district students had become an issue during the past school year. Five of the district's 13 grades were required to re-register for school, proving that they lived in the village.
Jeffrey Olender, the district's director of registration, noted that, even though school starts next week, he is still waiting for re-registration forms from approximately 50 of the nearly 470 students required to re-register. Judging from the recent re-registration trends, the majority of those children are expected to return to the Elmsford School District, he said. However, if some do not, the district's total population could decline by a few students.
Peters noted that the district's enrollment is likely to rise during the 2013-2014 school year as Greenburgh's Avalon Green apartment complex continues construction. The complex will hold more three-bedroom apartments, many of which are likely to house families with school-aged children, she said. According to a study by the Western Suffolk Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), an estimated 62 new students are expected to join the Elmsford School District for the 2013-2014 year.
"We don't know exactly how many because it's all projection," Peters said. "And there is no way we can predict if [they will go into] one grade or different grades."
The district is planning to reevaluate current teaching positions, and is expected to move staff around to accommodate the potential influx, said Peters.
She also said the projected 2013-2014 spike would be the first population increase since she became the district's superintendent five years ago.
The Elmsford Union Free School District will commence its academic year on Tuesday.
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