WEST SENECA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A local elementary school is closing. West Seneca’s Board of Education voted unanimously in favor of closing Potters Road Elementary School, and residents News 4 spoke to are supporting the decision.
Potters Road Elementary is part of the West Seneca School District, and its closure is part of the reorganization of West Seneca. That’s an effort that should help retain programs.
“At West Seneca, we value the music programs. All my kids are in chorus, orchestra and band. We need to keep the programs,and I think it’s a good idea that the school closes,” Annmarie Reidy, a West Seneca resident, said. “That’s where we save money.”
West Seneca Superintendent Mark Crawford said they’re trying to protect the integrity of classes and programs in the school system which in less than 50 years has dropped from 15,000 students to 6,000 students.
Other school districts in the area may have served as inspiration; Kenton school district has already been recognizing their shrinking population.
“County-wide I think families are having less children, and I also think the there is a little bit of flight out of the area, but the exciting part is there is a revitalization going on downtown and renewed energy in western New York,” Dawn Mirand, Kenton school district superintendent, said. “I’m looking forward to seeing growth in the next few years.”
The goal is to have the new plan in place before the 2015-2016 school year.