A new study released this week supports the Homer School Board’s decision to close the Hartnett Elementary School in Truxton. Homer Schools Superintendent Nancy Ruscio will recommend the building be sold.
The study released this week by an outside firm finds enrollment in the Homer School District has dropped over 18% since 2000 and is expected to decline another 13% in the next 5 years. In Hartnett, K-6 enrollment fell nearly 18% over the last 5 years.
Ruscio says Homer is dealing with the same population trends impacting many areas of Upstate New York.
Back in 2009, the same firm recommended the district keep Hartnett open.
Ruscio says the numbers confirm what the district has known, keeping the Truxton School open is not practical.
The study says if the building were to stay open it would need over $3.3 million in improvements, busing students into Homer will cost over $3 thousand dollars a year.
When classes let out in June Hartnett will be closed, with students starting classes in Homer in September. The study finds the Homer buildings can handle the increased number of students
Ruscio says she will recommend that the building be sold either through a realtor or at auction. A public hearing on the study will be held on June 9th.
Critics of the closure say closing the school will hurt the district and the Truxton community by reducing property values and forcing higher school taxes.
Read the study here: Hartnett Study Upgrade Final