Now we must admit that we have no idea what the state of New York might have in store for education any more than we have any idea what CCS might have in store. However, while we have seen some movement here toward the concept of shared services, we are not convinced, given what little we have read about upcoming ventures, that CCS is taking a path forward that would seem to be in step with what other districts in the area might be trying to do.
It seems obvious that many districts have, as enrollment has dropped, cut back in not only what is being offered to students but in administrative costs as well, in order to meet the current cap on property taxes in the state. And while CCS has met the prescribed property tax cap, there seems to have been a decision to increase, not decrease, costs. In fact, as was pointed out to us recently, CCS is currently educating less than 900 students for $4 million more than was spent to educate 1,147 students six years ago.
Plus this year, CCS has added a new position of Executive Principal that might well seem to be an additional layer of administration. In addition, from what we have read in the newspaper reports, the hope is, with the additional principal on board, the school will expand the curriculum to include more electives such as AP courses and dual-credit college courses. And while we think the argument could be made that it is not the responsibility of the taxpayers to provide a K-12 education which includes college credit, we think the bigger question is just exactly who is going to be able to take the new courses. Given the ever shrinking student population, expanding the curriculum makes little sense unless CCS is actually going to offer classes which have only two or three students in them. Instead of expanding the curriculum at this time, it would seem the bigger need is to expand the student population.