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Depew School District enrollment is on the decline.,
Superintendent Jeffrey Rabey, in presenting a timeline for development of the 2012-13 budget, told the School Board Tuesday that Depew lost 5 percent, or 109 students, during those time periods.
Citing a study by the state School Boards Association, Rabey said that shrinking enrollments are leading many local school leaders to consider choices that might have been inconceivable just a decade ago – including closing schools, changing grade configurations and eliminating transportation for some students.
The enrollment decline is attributed to lower birth rates and fewer households with adults of child-bearing years.
Rabey also reported that the state has approved the district’s Annual Professional Performance Review Plan. Training has begun for the program that evaluates teacher performance.
On the capital project, Rabey said renovation work on the high school cafeteria is nearing its completion date of Nov. 29. And finishing work has begun on the new fitness room, behind the cafeteria. The new Special Education suite in the Middle School is also close to completion.
The board also approved transferring $2.42 million from the capital reserve fund to the capital fund for the district Capital Improvement Project approved by district residents in May 2011.
And it approved a five-year contract with Erie 1 BOCES for computer services for $10,282.
In other business, the board met Lan Wei, a teacher from China, who is teaching Chinese to kindergartners and first-graders at Cayuga Heights Elementary School this year. The program is run through the Confucius Institute. There is no cost to the district, Rabey said.