Clarkstown School Board Denies Motion To Lease St. Augustine’s

The Clarkstown School Board has decided against leasing St. Augustine’s for the Congers Elementary School students whose school was deemed too unsafe for the children and faculty to return for the coming school year. Parents and residence reacted with anger at the results of the school board meeting, stating that they were disgraced that the board did not agree with them that it was necessary to find a building where the 300 students can return to school and be reunited. Congers resident, Chris Conti made the motion to lease St. Augustine’s school, but the board did not second it. According to Assistant Superintendent John Lanave the lease for St. Augustine’s would cost $260,000 as well as $45,000 for utilities. Lanave had a lease prepared for legal review, and it would take about four days to get the classrooms in the school ready for children. Congers elementary principal Martha Ryan stated that the students, grades k-5th, are fitting in well at their surrogate schools, but parents would like to see the student body back together and feel that the lease is a fair deal. At the meeting the school board also released estimates for fixing the deteriorating wall. The cost for fixing the back walls and roof will be 3 million dollars and it would cost another 1 million to redo the front facade. The board stated that they would consider further discussion at the next meeting September 24th.

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