There is more to think about this year for dozens of middle school students in Greenwood Lake. After 30 years, the students now have the option to choose which high school they will want to go to. YNN's Jessica Chen has the details.
GREENWOOD LAKE, N.Y. -- For the first time in 30 years, students at Greenwood Lake Middle School have the option to choose between three high schools to attend next year.
"People like the option of having choice," said Dr. Craig Onofry, the Superintendent of the Greenwood Lake School District.
He said, in the past, all its students attended George F. Baker High School in Tuxedo. Now, they have Chester Academy High School and Warwick Valley High School to choose from. About 20 percent of its eighth graders decided to go to either Chester or Warwick last year.
"In our district, we’re not making the decision to take away from Tuxedo because the choice truly is currently with the parents," said Dr. Onofry.
He said it started with parents saying the tuition fee to Tuxedo was too high.
The costs for the Greenwood Lake School District to send a student to Warwick is $8,000, to Chester $9,500 and to Tuxedo $12,000.
"Because you’re dividing the total cost of running the school over fewer students, tuition is going to be higher," said Dr. Onofry.
Sean Michel with the Chester Union Free School District said with their declining enrollment, the addition of new students will be beneficial.
"If anything, it's going to help enhance it [the school] so that we can continue to offer the programs that we have in place here, the college level programs, the AP classes, the elective classes," said Michel.
And with this option now in place, the districts will re-evaluate in two years if this change will ultimately benefit them and the students.
The eighth graders at Greenwood Lake Middle School will have to make their high school choice by January of next year.