Dix Hills (WALK) - Hundreds of families in the Half Hollow Hills School District got some sad news this week: their schools are closing.
The school board voted on Monday to shutter two elementary schools, due to falling enrollment. The closures had been recommended by the district's facilities committee last month.
The closures are expected to save the district about $3 million next year, primarily through staffing cuts. No layoffs have been announced yet. The district is considering renting out the buildings, and has no plans to sell them.
Elementary school enrollment in the Half Hollow Hills School District peaked at over 4,600 in the 2007-08 school year but is down to about 3,500 this year, a drop of about 25%. Enrollment is expected to plunge to less than 2,800 by 2017-18.