Congers School To Remain Closed For The Next Year

A meeting was held last night at Clarkstown South High School to discuss the coming school year for Congers Elementary School students, after the building was officially shut down last week. According to Assistant Superintendent John Lanave, due to engineer reports, the school may remain closed for more than a year if the district decides to complete the necessary repairs to the south walls of the building. Parents at the meeting raised questions on the district’s plans for the building, and according to Superintendent Thomas Morton there are currently no plans to sell. As of now the students are being relocated to three separate schools within the district, though officials are looking into negotiations for the use of St. Agustine’s in New City, which, according to principal Martha Ryan, is move- in ready, but may not have enough space for extracurricular programs. She and Lanave will be visiting St. Ann’s school in Nyack as well, which has more available classroom space. Both schools are owned by the archdiocese, and renting a new building for the year raises concerns that there will not be enough money left in the budget to repair Congers Elementary. The school board is looking at ways to find extra money within the budget.

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