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School district report cards released

Six members of "other professional staff" are employed at Burton Street, providing students with services other than instruction. "Other professional staff" includes administrators, guidance counselors, nurses, psychologists and all other employees who devote more than half of their time to non-teaching duties.

Although staff and student numbers have been down, test scores are holding up. The school is listed as "in good standing" for mathematics, science and English-language arts, and the students have successfully shown "adequate yearly progress" in all subjects.

Third and fourth-graders were tested in math and ELA. During the 2009-10 year, 76 percent of third-graders and 89 percent of fourth graders met learning standards for mathematics. Testing for ELA showed that 76 percent of third-graders and 84 percent of fourth-graders had gained understanding of the subject. Only fourth-graders were tested in science and 98 percent of students comprehended the material; many "met learning standards with distinction."

Cazenovia Middle School also had a decreasing number of students, but high test scores during the 2009-10 school year; despite a decreasing number of students, they still posted high scores. 392 students attended the school last year; this was down from 402 students for the previous term and 417 students for the 2007-08 year. The middle school includes just the fifth, sixth a seventh grades. As students move into the high school, enrollment numbers seem to fluctuate; although the grade sizes seem to be consistent.

"We need to keep moving forward," Dubik said. "Budget times are tough, and our schools will be affected. Class sizes will be affected slightly. The state wants to cap how we raise taxes and they also want to take state aid away. Those are our two main sources of revenue."

The number of teaching positions in the middle school has stayed consistent in recent years, although the number of classes offered had increased. 26 teachers instruct the enrolled students in 120 classes; 100 of those being core courses, such as English, math, science, social studies, art, music and foreign languages.

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