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Hamburg

Frontier Central School District should not have to change its facilities or attendance areas in the next five years to relieve crowding, a consultant told the School Board Tuesday night.

Steve Grossman of Research, Evaluation and Development Group of Syracuse, N.Y., said his enrollment projections show fairly stable enrollment over the next five years, with a decline of less than 1 percent.

The district lost 270 students, or 5.2 percent, over the last five years, he said. Enrollment this year is 4,867.

He projected a slight decrease of 36 students over the next five years, and over the next 10 years the district could lose 150 students, bringing the enrollment to 4,735, he said. He said he is fairly confident in his figures for the next five years, but projecting enrollment six to 10 years from now is more difficult, and he recommended the board review enrollment every year to track changes in current trends.

Board members asked about enrollment at Pinehurst Elementary in the southern end of the district, where population seems to be increasing, versus Blasdell Elementary in the northern section, where the population seems more stagnant. He projected Pinehurst to be down 21 students over the next five years, while Blasdell would be down 36 students. His projections show an increase at Big Tree Elementary, he said.

Also, some openings remain for youths 9 to 18 in the Town of Hamburg’s Youth Ski/Snowboard Club at Kissing Bridge Ski Center through the Department of Youth, Recreation and Senior Services.

Club members will meet for eight Saturday mornings, beginning Jan. 3 through Feb. 21 at the Village of Hamburg Youth Center, 200 Prospect Ave, Hamburg. Buses will depart at 8:30 a.m. to Kissing Bridge and depart from there for the return trip at 3 p.m. Town of Hamburg chaperones will be on the bus and on-site at Kissing Bridge at all times.

To register, call 646-5145, visit the Recreation Office at 4540 Southwestern Blvd., or go on line at www.hamburg-youth-rec-seniors.com.

This week:

• The Hamburg Village Planning Commission has a meeting scheduled at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall, 100 Main St.

• The fourth annual Rock the Roundabout Ball Drop will take place New Year’s Eve in the municipal parking lot, while family First Night activities will take place at SS. Peter and Paul Catholic School gym, 68 E. Main St.

• Blasdell Village Hall and Hamburg Town Hall will be closed Wednesday and Thursday and Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Hamburg Village Hall will close at noon Wednesday and reopen Friday, and close at noon Dec. 31 and remain closed Jan. 1.