“Just Barely” Accommodating Enrollment, says School Board
The Mamaroneck Board of Education is exploring options to accommodate a significantly increasing student population, options that include possible redistricting, or “flexible elementary rezoning.”
While comparable school districts show declining or flat enrollment, the Mamaroneck School District has added about 650 students since 2010, according to the District, 471 of them kindergarteners.
“In December, we advised the community that in January we would explore possible redistricting as a potential near-term solution,” a recent letter from the Board to District residents stated.
Residents have been quick to react. A Facebook group, Forum Against Rezoning Mamaroneck Schools, was formed this week.
At a meeting scheduled for January 23, (details below) residents will learn about an option “that would ‘grandfather’ all families who currently have a child attending a particular elementary school. Siblings would remain with siblings.” Potential options for new students and their families are to be discussed.
“Our projections… were that we would be able to accommodate all expected enrollment at our elementary schools for September 2018 — but just barely,” the recent letter reads.
To further calculate enrollment numbers for the next year, the kindergarten registration will open earlier. A form was sent by email across the District this week, asking residents to list any new children seeking to enroll in September.
Murray Avenue and Chatsworth Avenue Elementary Schools are at capacity, or higher. The School Board says modular classrooms were considered, but they “determined on the basis of the required lead time and cost alone that modular classrooms were not a viable option for the fall.”
If you are unable to attend the January 23 meeting, it will be televised on LMC-TV and on LMC-TV’s website. Those wishing to contact the Board on this issue can write to them at Board@mamkschools.org.
School Board Meeting, January 23, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Mamaroneck High School Tiered Classroom