West Seneca prepared to close elementary school

Potters Road Elementary School is closing in the West Seneca Central School District.

WEST SENECA N.Y. (WIVB) – Potters Road Elementary School is closing in the West Seneca Central School District. Annmarie Reidy says they’re ok with that.

“In West Seneca we value the music programs,” said Reidy. “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 and that’s where we save money.”

Superintendent Dr. Mark Crawford says part of the reason for the Re-organization is lower student population.    In 1975 West Seneca Central School District had over 15,000 students now they’re down to 6,000 students.

“78 percent of the people living in West Seneca do not have children in the school district,” said Crawford. “So we have an aging population.”

Another district that’s consolidated buildings is The Kenton School district. Superintendent Dawn Mirand has been seeing lower enrollment numbers too

County wide I think families are having fewer children,” said Mirand. “I also think 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 and I’m looking forward to seeing growth in the next few years.”

If the resolution passes the goal is to have the new plan in place before the 2015-2016 school year.

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