Deer Park Removes 300 Students From District

Administration identifies non-residents who attend the local schools to cut costs.

The Deer Park School District has removed 300 students from its schools who have been identified as non-residents of the district over the past five years, administrators announced at a school board meeting last week.

The district is in its sixth year of a residency process, which requires students to be re-registered when they advance to a new school building. Over the past five years, 300 students have been relocated, the administration said.

Those who are identified as non-residents are removed from the district after several steps including an address confirmation and meeting with an attendance officer. This year, the district identified 41 students who were not residents of the district.

"It's not fair to tax payers, staff and other students in the school," Frank Caliguiri, assistant superintendent for pupil personnel services, said.

Since the start of the registration process, the number of students enrolled in the schools living outside of the district's borders has significantly decreased. When the program began in 2007, 110 students were removed.

*This article has been updated. The original article stated the district would remove 300 students from its schools. It should have stated that 300 students have been removed from its schools. 

carolyn October 02, 2012 at 07:36 PM
Do you really think that will ever happen? It is not fair to them but I guess it is okay that we pay taxes for their education!!!
carolyn October 02, 2012 at 07:38 PM
If the apartment is illegal then they are not paying the proper taxes and we foot the bill for the school taxes for them
Ima Watchin October 02, 2012 at 07:50 PM
My child is an AP student at the high school, so the programs are there and working quite well for those who care to push themselves.
Tyler H October 02, 2012 at 10:53 PM
This happened to me when I was in Massapequa Schools...they identified me as really a resident of Amityville when I was in 7th Grade. However I immediately moved to Massapequa completely when they did this. I'm now a sophomore in Lindenhurst HS and rumour is theres a good number of kids that should really be in Copiague. I do feel kind of guilty now for "stealing" my Massapequa education, and this is why I really support school district consolidation...I really think there should just be a Babylon(town) school district...this way the money could be spread out throughout the town and schools in Wyandanch, which have a lot of special needs kids and those schools need more funding than schools in Babylon Village where the percentage of special needs kids is so much lower and they don't need as much funding...of course, a lot of people would be mad if they lived in Babylon Village yet more of their school taxes could be going to Wyandanch than to BV...
DPHomeowner October 02, 2012 at 11:33 PM
You are way off base in your comments about DP schools. The high school has great course offerings, although, difficult budget times have caused quite a few electives such as tech. and business to be eliminated. Those areas are a shadow of what they used to be. There are AP courses. There is a program where students can spend half the day at the HS and half the day at the local community college taking college courses in their junior and senior years. They can earn enough credit for an Associates degree. Many of the electives such as those still left in math and business offer college credit through SUNY. Over 80% of the graduating class attends college. So I don't know where you're getting your information from; it sounds ignorant. If you want to complain about $, then question why every student in Deer Park from the 5th grade up gets their own personal MacBook computer. This year they started giving out MacBook Airs. The district is great in their effort to ensure that the students learn through hands-on technology, it's not so great that they have increased class sizes. Most elementary classes used to be closer to 22 students and are now hovering closer to 25-26. Doesn't sound like much, but as the cost of living expenses go up for the district and their ability to collect revenue goes down, more cuts will be coming, which will mean staff, which will mean class size. All research points to the fact that class size matters; common sense points to this too.


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