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Declining enrollment is spelled out

A picture of continued sliding enrollment was painted Tuesday evening for the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District.

Thomas A. Wolff, director of student services, told the Board of Education that next year's enrollment is projected at 8,103 students, down from 8,205 this year and a 3.7 percent decline since the 2003-04 school year.

Wolf said Ken-Ton reflects the declining birth rate in Erie County. Over the past decade, the annual number of births in Erie County declined 17.2 percent, from 12,031 in 1996 to 9,954 last year.

Looking ahead to the 2009-2010 school year, Wolff said, Ken-Ton will have 7,686 students, an 8.6 percent drop since the 2003-04 school year, when there were 8,416 students. That spells a 6.3 percent slide between now and 2009.

The projections were made by Information Management Systems, which has served the district for the past 12 years.

Also Tuesday, the board voted to hire LeaderFind, a Central New York consultant, for the search for a new superintendent to replace Steven Achramovitch, who has taken over as superintendent in Greece, near Rochester.

Acting Superintendent Ann Marotta said LeaderFind will hold four forum sessions here -- with teachers, with support staff, with administrators and with members of the community -- to determine the qualities to be sought in a superintendent.

The board recognized nine varsity sports teams at Kenmore East High School and 13 teams at Kenmore West that were named Scholar-Athlete teams by the state for carrying cumulative grade point averages of 90 percent or higher.

"Students who participate in athletics not only carry high averages but carry higher averages during the season that they are actually competing in," said athletic director Brett Banker. "How they combine their academic loads with a demanding athletic schedule is impressive."

Linda Swanekamp was recognized for having been named New York State Region One Art Educator of the Year.

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