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Chase School Capacity Issue: Where do we stand?


March 25, 2014

In January, 2014, the results of a study conducted by the Western New York Educational Service Council at the request of the Board of Education was shared with the Board and the public. The study was conducted to determine and improve student equity and facility usage by the district.

One of the concerns presented in the study was the overcrowding and overcapacity issue at the Emma C. Chase Elementary School, located in Wurtsboro. In the 2014-15 school year, Chase will be over capacity due to high enrollment figures for the incoming kindergarten class.

To address this issue, the Board of Education agreed that the best course of action would be to change the boundary lines for the incoming Chase kindergarten class ONLY for September 2014. The boundary line is known as the "Rock Hill catchment area." This is actually the boundary that existed prior to the closing of the Duggan School in White Lake, NY.

As a result, approximately 24 incoming kindergarteners who reside in the Rock Hill catchment area's new boundary will begin school in September 2014 at either George L. Cooke Elementary School or the Kenneth L. Rutherford Elementary School instead of Chase.

On Thursday, April 3, the committee formed to determine the location of the students who are located in the Rock Hill catchment area will present their findings to the Board of Education. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FAMILIES OF THE INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED that they are now in the catchment area. More information will be made available to them after April 3 as to which school the committee has determined these students will attend.

More information will be made available as more is known about this situation.