Baldwinsville On Jan. 23, Superintendent Jeanne Dangle presented the Baldwinsville Central School District Board of Education with an overview of the data the district’s Facilities Feasibility Study Committee has been reviewing since the end of October to study enrollment trends, building usage and the financial aspects of potentially closing an elementary school.
Included in the data were two maps of preliminary elementary attendance boundaries, based on the possibility of closing either Elden Elementary School or Van Buren Elementary School. These preliminary maps, created using a GIS, were not street specific and were intended as a general visual representation of what boundary areas might possibly look like, should the district close one of the schools and have to redistrict the attendance areas for the elementary schools.
“The district has not made any decisions regarding closing a school or redistricting students,” Dangle said. “The attendance area maps I used in my presentation to the Board of Education were very general and not meant as a final determination of attendance areas, should the district close a school. The community can disregard these maps since they are not definitive.”
Dangle noted that the district and the Board of Education will consider a variety of cost saving options, besides closing a school, as the district develops the 2012-13 budget.
“All of the data relevant to closing a school and redistricting must first be thoroughly examined by the board as it reviews cost saving options to close the district’s anticipated $4.3 million budget gap for the 2012-2013 school year,” she said, adding that as the district and board look into the possibility of closing a school, they will consider how to do so with the least amount of disruption to the school attendance boundaries.
To review the data, visit the district’s website (bville.org/tfiles/folder2897/Facilities%20Documentation%20for%20website.pdf).