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Top Stories 2012: Kat-Lewisboro Mulls Closing A School

The Katonah-Lewisboro School Board will form a committee to examine the most efficient way to utilize its buildings.
The Katonah-Lewisboro School Board will form a committee to examine the most efficient way to utilize its buildings. Photo Credit: Bob Dumas

CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – The Lewisboro Daily Voice is taking a look back at the town’s Top 10 stories of 2012 .

The Katonah-Lewisboro School Board decided to form a committee to examine how best to utilize the school buildings within its district - and closing one school could be an option. http://lewisboro.dailyvoice.com/schools/kat-lewisboro-school-board-examine-closing-school

Declining enrollment was cited as the main reason behind the move.

As the school board lays out goals for the coming school years, such as all-day kindergarten, foreign language in elementary schools, and class sizes for K-12, board trustees said they must figure out the most efficient way to pay for them. Eliminating the cost of operating an underutilized building may be one way to do that.

Board members said they knew such a move would be an emotional and controversial decision, adding that if it does happen, it would not be for the 2013-14 school year.

Trustee Marjorie Schiff said if the board does decide to close a school, it would be a “delicate and divisive” move.

“We can commission a committee [to examine the issue], but I don’t like calling it a ‘school-closing committee,’” Superintendent Paul Kreutzer said. “That might not be the conclusion that the committee comes up with.”

Kreutzer said that if such a committee is formed, it should consist of more than school board members. It could include residents of the school district, an architect, a demographer and community leaders.

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