SYOSSET, NY (WCBS 880) – Projections of continued declines in student enrollment over the next decade have experts warning of more school closures, mergers, and teacher layoffs ahead.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reports

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That has parents and taxpayers like Pete Brownberger of Syosset concerned.

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“With a declining student population that the people that are left are going to have to bear more of the tax burden,” Brownberger told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

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Newsday quotes experts who say enrollment declines will impact every district on Long Island with middle and high schools taking the biggest hits.