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NSCSD numbers dropping

The North Syracuse Central School District's enrollment projections estimate that its elementary numbers will experience a gradual fall of approximately 200 students during the next 10 years.

The district's enrollment projections are more accurate this year due to the availability of the number of births for individual school districts by the New York State Department of Health. The number of births in Onondaga County has continued to fall, from its peak at 7,581 births in 1990 to 5,476 in 2006.

However, in North Syracuse there is no pattern to the number of births recorded from 2004 to 2007. In 2007 there were 682 births recorded.

Melvin said current economic events could also be a factor in the district's findings. For example, there have been less housing starts in Cicero and Clay. There has also been a significant out-migration of families from North Syracuse, which resulted in the district enrolling 400 less students than originally projected, he said.

On the other hand, the enrollment projections estimate that middle school enrollment will increase by approximately 200 students within the next five years, but then gradually fall by 200 students over six years.

Cicero-North High School enrollment is expected to decrease by approximately 100 students by 2018. Even so, the high school will continue to be over-crowded. Also, despite the projected decrease of elementary enrollment, Melvin said it would be "impossible" to implement full-day kindergarten unless additional elementary classrooms become available.

In other news

The board presented student Julianna Lyktey with a certificate of achievement for receiving a perfect score on the state elementary science exam last year. The exam includes both performance and written sections, and became an individual performance exam in 2003. There have only been two perfect scores on this particular exam prior to 2008.

The Roxboro Road Middle School Technology Department received the Program of the Year Award by the Central New York Technology Education Association. Dr. Melvin said the technology teachers have "done a tremendous job at transforming the tech program at Roxboro."

There will be a public hearing at 7 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 3 at Cicero-North High School regarding the Dec. 10 referendum.

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