BRIARCLIFF, N.Y. - As districtwide enrollment numbers decline over the years , the Briarcliff School District is planning to eliminate 50 staff members in the upcoming year's budget.
As the district's enrollment has dropped each year, so has its staff, Briarcliff Board of Education member Jon Satran said.
"Since 2008-09, the board has addressed this issue," Satran said.
Since that year, the district has eliminated about 35 percent of its full-time employees, he said. In 2008-09, the district had 1,701 students with 332 total staff members. For 2013-14, the district is projecting about 1,547 students with about 227 staff members. That number for the upcoming school year is a reduction of 50 staff members, which includes 34 teaching assistants and aides as well as 12 full-time employees.
The reductions are status quo for many districts in the area, Satran said.
"About 60 percent of the district that I looked at have declining enrollment," he said. "Which is in line with declining full-time employees."
Even with the cuts in staff members, the district is still projected to have a tax levy increase of 6.7 percent, over the state mandated 2 percent tax cap. This increase is despite the budget for 2013-14 being only a $116,322 increase from the current year budget.
The Briarcliff School District Board of Education will adopt the 2013-14 budget on April 23 and it will be voted on by the public on May 21.
Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.