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June 11, 2013

City, Beekmantown schools talk shared services

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In order to have a joint superintendent, the districts involved must each have had fewer than 1,000 students in the previous year.

And even if teaming up with another district didn’t deliver millions in savings, Short said, it could “deliver capacity to reach things that we don’t already do.”

DISCUSSION TONIGHT

Beekmantown School Board President Leonard King told the Press-Republican in a separate interview that he expects the BCSD representatives who met with the consultant and City School representatives to report on those discussions at tonight’s board meeting.

The meeting, which is open to all, will begin at 6:15 p.m. in the Beekmantown Middle/High School Library.

“If there are things that we can save money for the district on, I am certainly in favor of them,” King said.

BUILDING STUDY

At the City School Board meeting, Short also asked board members to consider initiating a building-use study within the district, which comprises Momot, Bailey Avenue and Oak Street elementary schools, Stafford Middle School, Plattsburgh High School and the Duken Administration Building.

This, he said, would be independent of the shared-services study and would look at possibilities for re-configuring, consolidating or closing district buildings in the future and whether such moves would make sense.

“We could initiate a building-use study this summer and have it wrapped up in four, five (or) six months ... and then we can set a course forward for not just a five-year building plan, but a long-range building plan for the School District.

“I believe we owe it to our community to take time to take a study like this and take a look at it,” Short said.

ANSWERS SOUGHT

Hall, Krieg and Wachtmeister said they supported evaluating building use; however, Wachtmeister noted he would not be in favor of closing one of the district’s elementary schools if that were ever proposed.

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