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What do our districts look like if they merge?

Budgets & Debt

  • Based on an average operating expense increase of about 2.8% per year, the two districts combined would be projected to have an annual operating cost of approximately $14 million — if no costs were cut.

  • As of June 30, 2021, the two district’s combined debt would total just over $30 million.

  • The merged district would qualify for $1.1 million in incentive operating aid for the 2022-23 school year. This is in addition to the approximately $13 million in combined state aid the merged district would be likely to receive.(The exact amount of state aid is unknown, since it is part of the annual state budget.)

  • The two districts would have a combined fund balance of approximately $3.2 million.

  • Building projects would be funded at a rate of 98%.

Enrollment & Class Sizes

  • Based on 2021-22 enrollment data, the merged district would be projected to enroll about 621 K-12 students (317 K-16 students and 304 Grades 7-12 students).

  • If class sizes were kept consistent with class sizes in the current districts, the number of students per classroom could break down roughly as follows (student per class figures are averages):

    • Kindergarten: 12/13 students per class (three classrooms)

    • First grade: 16 students per class (two classrooms)

    • Second grade: 16 students per class (two classrooms)

    • Third grade: 18/19 students per class (two classrooms)

    • Fourth grade: 17/18 students per class (two classrooms)

    • Fifth grade: 16 students per class (two classrooms)

    • Sixth grade*: 22/23 students per class (two classrooms) (*if sixth grade is in the elementary building)

  • ƒAt the secondary level, a merged district could maintain all programming currently offered by both districts for Grades 7-12, while eliminating up to 22 redundant sections. For example, Schenevus’ two seventh-grade social studies classes and Worcester’s two seventh-grade social studies classes — each with fewer than 20 students — could be combined into three classes total, eliminating one section. This could allow a merged district to add programming at the secondary level, such as:

    • Adding a second foreign language program

    • Increasing the number of electives, Honors courses and/or Advanced Placement courses

Extracurriculars

  • Merger incentive aid could fund summer enrichment programs for K-5 students, similar to the programs that were funded by pandemic aid in 2021.

  • If current opportunities are preserved, students in the merged district would have opportunities to participate in soccer, cross country, basketball, baseball/softball and track, as well as 18 different clubs or activities.

  • The district would likely be classified as a Class C school for athletics participation. However, classification can vary year over year, and could change between a C and a D, depending on enrollment.