Email on grade shifting in Skaneateles schools sparks public opposition

“We’d like an open dialogue where we can discuss ways to deal with declining enrollment,” she said.

Millman said on Friday that she was contacted by Pastel and that they were going to meet in person to discuss the matter.

Signers of the petition were also able to leave comments and some of them expressed concerns about the possibility of space in Waterman school being leased to local preschool programs.

This is not the first time this year that the district has made or talked about making changes to respond to declining enrollment and pending financial problems.

The board, as per Pastel’s recommendation, recently moved to consolidate its administration by having Stephen Widrick become the elementary principal in charge of both State Street Intermediate School and Waterman Primary School. That change along with Waterman principal Gary Gerst taking over at the middle school are set to occur in February 2014.

The 2013-14 school year is also the first year for which the district has full-day kindergarten and Pastel recently noted at a meeting that this year’s incoming class of 80 students is a sharp decline from the most recent graduating class which numbered more than 140.

Joe Genco is the editor of the Skaneateles Press. He can be reached at editor@skaneatelespress.com.

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