Declining enrollment in Comsewogue's Community Education Program has led to its demise, school officials said Monday.
According to school board president John Swenning, enrollment declined to the point where the program could no longer pay for itself, which was a requirement because the program is outside the scope of the regular educational program for the students. The school board voted 4-0 Monday night to officially abolish the program.
Swenning said the program was launched approximately 10 years ago. It offered classes such as tai chi, yoga, crafts, cooking, computer classes, belly dancing, defensive driving, tennis, photography, SAT prep classes and more. Participants, mostly adults, paid a fee to take each class, thus rendering the program self-sufficient until this point.
"We regretfully have to stop doing it," Swenning said. "Legally, we cannot charge the taxpayers for an optional [program]."
The Community Education Program did not include the GED program, which remains intact.