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Elementary Enrollment Projections Continue to Drop

Number of students in grades K-5 across West Islip expected to decline for the 2013-14 school year.

The total number of West Islip School District students will drop below 5,000 in the 2013-14 school year, with much of the decline seen at the elementary level.

At this past Wednesday’s first budget work session, Superintendent Richard Simon outlined the continued decline in enrollment, and the impact on the school district’s budget.

During his presentation of the 2013-14 draft budget, Simon’s initial report showed a projection of 115 fewer students at the elementary level. The result could be six fewer elementary sections, with Bayview, Bellew and Manetuck possibly losing two sections each.  

The school district’s declining enrollment has been happening for more than a decade, and led to the closure of two elementary schools — Kirdahy and Westbrook — at the end of the 2011-12 school year. In the 2001-02 school year, 472 students entered Kindergarten. In September, that number is projected to be 283.

Enrollment levels at the middle school and high school level change little in the coming school year.

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Beach Street Middle School’s will have a total of 580 students, up three from this year, and Udall Road Middle School’s student population will decline 14 to 589 students. The high school will have 1,676 students in the 2013-14 school year, down 55 from the 2012-13 school year.

A breakdown of student enrollment at West Islip’s four elementary schools is below.

Bayview Elementary Enrollment No. of Sections Kindergarten 62 3 First Grade 56 3 Second Grade 71 3 Third Grade 80 4 Fourth Grade 58 3 Fifth Grade 76 3 Totals 403 19 Change from 2012-13 -26 students -2 sections Paul J. Bellew Elementary Enrollment No. of Sections Kindergarten 69 4 First Grade 64 3 Second Grade 81 4 Third Grade 81 4 Fourth Grade 105 4 Fifth Grade 80 3 Totals 480 22 Change from 2012-13 -22 students -2 sections Manetuck Elementary Enrollment No. of Sections Kindergarten 73 4 First Grade 100 5 Second Grade 89 4 Third Grade 91 4 Fourth Grade 100 4 Fifth Grade 95 4 Totals 548 25 Change from 2012-13 -38 students -2 sections Oquenock Elementary Enrollment No. of Students Kindergarten 69 4 First Grade 76 4 Second Grade 67 3 Third Grade 84 4 Fourth Grade 93 4 Fifth Grade 90 4 Totals 479 23 Change from 2013-14 -29 students no change
pampatriot March 13, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Why are you withholding my comments?
Missy March 13, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Pending Approval Missy 12:02 pm on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 Sorry that you take issue with me Pam. Not one accusation made about her has been founded on truth. Like I said, when anyone had the opportunity to publicly set the record straight with her regarding school closings not 1 person stood up. Where were her accusers Pam? I learned a valuable lesson from all of that. You can't believe everything that you hear or read. Maria Von Trapp accused the board of accepting cars from Atlantic, she called A. LaRosa a snake etc. That is bullying. I am also sorry if you find my desire to do better bizarre. If my words have made you feel defensive of your behavior, take a step back & ask yourself why. P and T - Maria Von Trapp didn't merely point out observations. You can all jump on me now for standing up to Maria but the fact still remains. Going forward let's treat one another with the courtesy & respect that we would hope to receive from another.
Donna March 13, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Missy fyi I am no bully. I am an annoyed taxpayer who once again feels like we got screwed by the system. I'm all for the district creating revenue but not at the expense of our children. Yes enrollment was down and cuts had to be made but I know for a fact the situation that would've created more money for was to close 1 elementary and 1 middle school and make remaining elementary schools k-6. That wasn't done because would've cut down on middle school sports.Who cares! It's about education not sports. I'll also say you're right that she is not only 1 on board but she lied to her friends at Westbrook that they were all "safe". LIAR!! She is self-serving. And for Louis about better leasable space. Do you live close to Westbrook? Well I do and I'm not thrilled about the extra traffic that might generate where my kids play. Not to mention what elements might be attracted to the boxing facility. But again since none of the board members live close I guess that's why they don't care.Trust me when they're all up for reelection none are getting my vote not just your precious Larosa.
Donna March 13, 2013 at 08:17 PM
Also Missy I didn't say the BOE received new cars for Atlantic deal. I asked if anyone else heard that rumor flying around. I was asking for confirmation. So before you start "bullying" me read the post correctly and then comment.
Greg Sleter March 13, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Hi folks. So, we're at the point on another story where commenters under what appear to be fake names are making accusations against some members of the community. It is our goal to have our comment section be a place where our readers can share their thoughts and opinions on important matters of the day. Sometimes we fall well short of that goal and are forced to shut down comments. We again ask all commenters to express opinions and not make personal accusations against others. Those that continue to do so risk having their accounts suspended. Thanks again for reading West Islip Patch. Best, Greg

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