BRONXVILLE N.Y. – Bronxville School officials project that enrollment will increase for the next academic school year and could result in the hiring of an additional teacher.
If the projection pans out, the school will gain 32 new students and will have increased total school enrollment by 9 percent since 2008. The estimates come just months after the school passed the enrollment mark of 1,600 for the first time.
While this year's additions didn't affect the school's classroom sizes or faculty, the current projections could force officials to take action.
The biggest concern for administrators is the addition of 17 students in the Middle School, just months after it gained 24 students. The Elementary School and the High School, which are projected to increase by 9 and 6 students respectively, are of less concern to school officials.
The possible increase in the Middle School could force the school to hire an additional full-time teacher, said Bronxville Schools Superintendent David Quattrone.
"Our class sizes are between 20 and 25, and are quite sustainable over the long-haul," said Quattrone. "There aren't any immediate implications in terms of what we have seen with increases in class size. But as I said, the big jump in the Middle School level could possibly have an impact on the school."
The projections are formed by taking into account the history of children coming and going from the school, and birth rates inside the zip code, said Bronxville Schools Assistant Superintendent John Kehoe.
"There's no way to say this is exactly why enrollment has risen this much over the past few years because it's due to many factors," said Kehoe. "Up to this point we've handled the increases without any issues, but we will have to see how things actually turn out for next year. Our main goal now is to determine if the spikes are actually concentrated in one grade area or not."
School officials will have to see how classroom needs plays out with competing priorities as the situation unfolds, said Quattrone.
"The next milestone that's going to happen is in February when I present a budget to the school board,” said Quattrone. “It’s here where I’ll speak about how much it will cost to do the same things we did last year. We'll then have discussions about what spending is best for the school. But this is all dependent on actual numbers, so for now we’re just continue to monitor the situation.”