Student enrollment at public schools statewide has decreased by nearly 19,000 students since the 2008-09 academic year, and full-time faculty and professional staff have been reduced at a faster rate, a decline of more than 13,000 workers, Gannett’s Albany Bureau reported this weekend.
Enrollment was down 0.7 percent between 2008-09 and 2010-11, the most recent available data year — a loss of 18,657 students. Some counties lost as much as nearly 7 percent of their student bodies over the three academic years, according to state Education Department data.
The areas hit hardest by enrollment declines are in western New York and the Southern Tier, while New York City and adjacent counties experienced growth. The enrollment trends are consistent with overall population shifts.
The number of full-time professional employees, including teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, school nurses, psychologists and other professional who devote more than half of their time to non-teaching duties, was down 4.6 percent statewide — from 281,871 in 2009 to 268,856 in 2011.
Browse a statewide database with enrollment and staffing information for 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11:
Here’s the story in the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin on Sunday: