Share this article

print logo

FUTURE OF DELEVAN ELEMENTARY IS UNDER REVIEW

The programs and enrollment at the Delevan Elementary School, as well as the building itself, are under review this week, according to Pioneer Central School Assistant Superintendent Jeffrey Bowen.

Of special concern is the gradual decline in enrollment of elementary pupils when the district's population is rising, Bowen said.

"We are watching this pattern closely for future planning purposes," he said.

He added that potentially offsetting the enrollment decline is the prospect that state legislation may increase the need for space for prekindergarten youngsters.

Arcade Elementary School also has seen enrollment drop, but Pioneer Middle School is filled, and the Senior High gradually is filling up, school trustees were told.

Pioneer, with about 3,800 students, is the largest school district in Cattaraugus County.

Bowen said Sue Heckathorn, Pioneer business manager, will meet with area assessors to explain how the state's new STAR tax relief program will work. "Some residents must apply for the tax relief before the year ends," Bowen said.

The School Board, concerned about student fund raising, at Tuesday's meeting put off consideration until a complete list of club sales and other fund raising is prepared.

"The board does not want too much door-to-door solicitations by pupils and local business overly burdened with school fund raising," Bowen said.

There are no comments - be the first to comment