Tuesday, January 18, 2011


As a result of the Great Recession and years of excesses in the way of doing things in the public sector, all levels of governments (including schools) are facing hard times ahead...even much harder time than they've faced the past 2 years.

Roy-Hart has been one of the more proactive local districts in preparing for the nightmare. Last year, they made the necessary decision to cut funding for a wide variety of sports. Next up, personnel and programs may be on the chopping block.

The Lockport Union Sun and Journal reported the following...

Thursday, the district said an enrollment study would be done by Thomas Ramming of Western New York Educational Services Council and will begin immediately. The study will look at the number of students in each grade, then determine proper staffing across the district. At the beginning of the 2010-11 school year, Roy-Hart had about 1,541 students enrolled.

“All boards of education are facing a very difficult time and will be forced to make difficult decisions,” Ramming said.

The study report will also make a projection in enrollment over the next five years in Roy-Hart, Ramming said. For the study, Ramming told the board he would look at other related items, such as class sizes, schedules, facility use and course offerings.

What is the cost for the study? For that and other budget issues, read the rest of the article here: