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Tarrytown Schools Expect Small Enrollment Increase

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow students won't see too many new faces in their classrooms this year.

District Clerk Nelly Valentin said enrollment was expected to be about the same as last year for the Union Free School District of the Tarrytowns. Unofficial numbers show a total of 2,813 students enrolled in the district, up five students from the 2011-12 school year.

Although several real estate developments such as Ichabod's Landing in Sleepy Hollow and River's Edge in Tarrytown have drawn in more residents, school officials said they do not expect large numbers of students because those properties don't attract families with small children. A proposed redevelopment of the General Motors site in Sleepy Hollow is also not expected to draw additional more students.

Enrollment has been steadily increasing during the last decade, according to Superintendent Howard Smith and data from the Westchester-Putnam School Board Association. Many students transfer into the district from parochial schools that stop at ninth grade and some ninth-graders don't earn enough credit to move up into the 10th grade.

Smith and other officials have not projected a significant increase in enrollment over the next five years and decided to lease out the closed Tappan Hill School to the Tarrytown YMCA because the extra classrooms were not needed.

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