Next Tuesday, Nov. 12, at the beginning of the board of education meeting, the Bayport-Blue Point School District will be hosting an enrollment presentation after almost two years studying the demographics in the district.
The plan, according to the district, is to make a decision based on the high expectations for students, providing educational opportunities and supporting students to succeed. A special enrollment committee was formed to take on the task and review enrollment data and information.
The enrollment committee was formed in March 2018, in response to a district presentation regarding a demographic study done in 2017, with approximately 40 stakeholders including faculty, staff, residents and parents involved in gathering information.
According to the committee, graduating class sizes were at about 136 in the late ‘90s and have grown as high as 212-13 in the late 2000s, but have since declined to just over 180 the past two school years, with the overall number of students at just about 2,139 as opposed to 2011-‘12 school year’s 2,470.
Possibilities the district has discussed to be more efficient while offering students more opportunities include reconfigurations of grades throughout the buildings. The committee reviewed what the cost savings would be if the buildings were reconfigured to accommodate one building each for K-1, grades 2-3 and grades 4-5, or two K-3 buildings and one grade 4-5 building.
Updates regarding the committee’s work was periodically shared during board of education meetings and other presentations and even posted to the district’s website.
In a message to parents, superintendent of schools Timothy Hearney thanked the committee members for their “tremendous work and commitment to the process.”
The presentation will include the information gathered by the committee, a review of the historical and enrollment data, demographic studies, possible elementary school configurations, financial impacts and student opportunities.
Everyone is invited to attend the meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. For those unable to attend, the presentation will be made available on the district website following the meeting.
“No proposal for change has been discussed, and the district remains committed to being transparent and open as it uses the committee’s information as a starting point for discussions about the future education in BBP,” added Hearney.