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January 9, 2014

Consultants recommend City School relocate offices

Consultants recommend Plattsburgh City School to vacate Duken Building

PLATTSBURGH — A study of Plattsburgh City School’s facility use concludes the district could benefit from vacating the Duken Administration Building.

Located at 49 Broad St., the former Broad Street Elementary School currently houses the district’s offices and central services.

“There is some excess capacity in the buildings, primarily in the Middle and High school(s), and we believe it is possible to relocate the central services that are in the Duken Building right now between the two schools,” Dr. Bill Silky of Castallo & Silky Education Consultants told the study’s Advisory Committee.

He and colleague Dr. Phillip Martin will present their final study report to the School Board during its regular public meeting at 7 tonight in the Duken Building.

FUTURE ENROLLMENT

The City School District contracted the Syracuse-based education consulting firm to determine the practical capacity of each of its buildings, compare that to enrollment history and student projections and determine how facilities would best be utilized in the foreseeable future.

According to the consultant’s findings, enrollment for kindergarten through fifth grade is projected to increase by 7.7 percent over the next five years; however, high-school enrollment is expected to decline 6 percent in that period.

OPTIONS

In light of those enrollment projections, the consultants came up with options they felt were feasible and presented them to the committee back in November.

Those initially included:

▶ Maintaining the current building use and configuration.

▶ Selling the Duken Building and closing Oak Street Elementary School, then constructing an addition to Bailey Avenue Elementary School and relocating the district offices to either Oak Street, Bailey Avenue or the middle and high schools.

▶ Selling, leasing or leaving vacant the Duken Building and relocating central services to the middle and high schools.

After further thought and discussion with the committee, however, Silky reported at the December meeting that the third choice “is probably the best and least disruptive and most desirable option.”

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