MOUNT MORRIS – A possible influx of refugees from Puerto Rico could make it necessary for Mount Morris Central School to hire a teacher or build a classroom.
The District has been reviewing its budget and lining up options anticipating a spike in enrollment.
“We are prepared to possibly have new families move into the area, join family who already live in the area and enroll in our school,” said Superintendent Gregory Bump. “We looked at our budget and had our discussions as to where a new classroom would go, where we would get the funds to hire a new teacher.”
Enrollment is already at a 10-year high. In 2008, 488 students enrolled in K-12 at Mount Morris.
“We started the year with 641 students, including our 32 in Pre-K,” said Bump. “We do have a nice increase and growth over time. What we do will depend on whether our infrastructure can handle this influx.”
No plans are in motion to make a hire or expand the building. There is no guarantee that there will be an influx of Puerto Rican families to the area.
“We have already had a couple students move into the district from Florida after being affected by the storm there,” said Bump. “We want to be prepared, just in case we have an influx.”