Despite falling enrollments, Ridgefield elementary school students won\u2019t be redistricted next fall. That was the conclusion reached at Monday night\u2019s Board of Education meeting where redistricting was discussed for the third year in a row. The Board of Finance, looking at three additional teachers who were hired post-budget for the 2018-19 school year, suggested the school board move students around the town\u2019s six elementary schools \u2014 an idea educators rejected. \u201cI don\u2019t see an educational need it,\u201d said board Chairwoman Fran Walton. Board member Jonathan Steckler said that the finance board likely saw a drop in overall enrollments \u2014 which fell by 42 students from last year \u2014 along with an increase in headcount, and suggested the idea as a way to cut costs. \u201cI assume the Board of Finance is looking at a cost-containment process,\u201d Walton added. She said the only outlier was at Barlow Mountain Elementary School, where 39 more students enrolled than the schools projected. Farmingville Elementary, meanwhile, saw 22 fewer students enroll than projected. \u201cIt could just be that houses sold in Barlow Mountain instead of Farmingville,\u201d Walton said. Of the extra students who enrolled at Barlow Mountain, 17 of them were in the kindergarten, Vice Chairman Doug Silver said. \u201cWe can\u2019t redistrict for kindergarten, we don\u2019t even know these children, they\u2019re not in our system,\u201d he said. Shave costs Walton suggested that the only real way to shave costs would be to concentrate the elementary schools into split levels, with some schools serving kindergarten through second, and others third grade through fifth grade. But at the moment, she argued, the school administration has too much work on its plate to consider such a move. Board member Katherine Holz said the district could \u201cgo through all that effort to save one teacher\u201d \u2014 a saving that might be lost if the district needs another bus, added board member Sharon D\u2019Orso. \u201cI don\u2019t think there\u2019s any point to do any redistricting,\u201d said Walton. Two years ago, she explained, the board had considered \u201cpocket redistricting\u201d as a cost saving measure. \u201cIf you thought it was bad with Scotland parents over the principal, you weren\u2019t on the board two years ago with the pocket redistricting,\u201d she said.