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August 25, 2013

Plattsburgh City School kicks off building study

PLATTSBURGH — The Plattsburgh City School District’s building-use study is now underway.

Heading the project are Bill Silky and Phil Martin of the Syracuse-based education consulting firm Castallo and Silky, who met with a district Advisory Committee for the first time recently to discuss the process.

“There’re two over-arching purposes for this particular study,” Silky told attendees at the public meeting held at the Duken Building.

The first, he said, is to determine the practical capacity of each of the district’s school buildings and compare that to enrollment history and future enrollment projections.

“What we want to do, of course, is to figure out: Do you have too much capacity, just about the right amount or not enough capacity?” Silky said.

With that information in mind, he continued, the firm will determine whether it’s feasible to reduce the number of school buildings while maintaining a quality education program, how the facilities might be best utilized and if any building modifications should be made.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

The second purpose of the study is to examine the Duken Building, which houses District Office functions, to determine whether its contents could be relocated elsewhere.

“Of course, one option always is to remain as is,” Silky said.

The study will cost the district $25,000, and the City School opted to establish the Advisory Committee, representing a broad spectrum of the school community, to advise the consultants and communicate information to the public through the process.

Committee members are: Plattsburgh City Police Lt. Scott Beebie; retired educator and district resident Walter Chmura; City School library assistant Christina Coryea; David Coryer, director of staffing services at ETS; The Development Corporation President and CEO Paul Grasso; Michael Haley, City School census taker and attendance supervisor; John Haubner, retired City School technology coordinator; community member Shera Marston; City School teacher and parent Mary Lou Megarr; Adam Whitbeck, licensed Realtor with Coldwell Banker Whitbeck Associates; City School parent Amy Senecal; and Oak Street School Principal Carrie Zales.

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