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Enrollment Increasing In Ossining Schools

OSSINING, N.Y. – Enrollment in Ossining schools is expected to increase in the 2012 – 2013 school year as it has been increasing in the past few years, schools Superintendent Phyllis Glassman said on Wednesday.

"Our students are actually here in the district already, they're already born," Glassman said. "We are having a major increase in kindergarten classes, and those are moving up the grades."

Demographer Joan Townley of the Western Suffolk BOCES presented enrollment history and projections for the Ossining school district at a Board of Education meeting in Ossining High School on Wednesday night.

"It is helpful and necessary for us to accept the enrollment projections in order to go forward with the budgeting and staffing process," Glassman said.

A bond referendum to finance the construction of an additional wing to Claremont elementary school in order to accommodate the increasing student population was defeated in April. As such, the school district is looking at ways to "create space from within space" such as holding classes within the library or wireless computer spaces, Glassman said.

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