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Mount Pleasant Schools See Steady Enrollment Drop

THORNWOOD, N.Y. – The Mount Pleasant Central School District is predicting that its enrollment numbers will decrease significantly over the next few years, which will allow the district to maintain class sizes while also saving some money.

For this upcoming school year, the district is projecting about 1,922 students, down from last year’s total of 1,960.  Over the course of the next four years, the district is predicting that number to steadily decline by a total of around 100 students.  In the year 2016, the district predicts that the student population will be around 1,843 students.  The drop in total students will be seen the most at the elementary level, while it is predicted that the population at Westlake High School will increase slightly.

In 2011, there were 882 students in grades K-5.  By the year 2016, the district projects that number to be about 792 students.  At the high school, there were 586 students in 2011.  The district predicts that number will increase to a peak of 602 in 2014 before decreasing to 590 in 2016.

Hawthorne Elementary School will see the biggest enrollment change for this upcoming school year. The district was able to utilize enrollment reductions to eliminate a section of first-grade at Hawthorne Elementary School for the upcoming school year in the budget that was approved by voters in May.  The district projects there will be roughly 25 fewer students this year compared to last in first-grade and the average class size will drop by about one student per section. The average class size for the other grades within the district remains steady with last year’s averages.  Mount Pleasant also eliminated five district aides in Hawthorne Elementary School.

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