Residents voice concerns before decision is made on fate of Forestport Elementary

Concerned parents gathered Monday at the Boonville Elementary School for a special school board meeting.

Posted: Mar 25, 2019 11:53 PM

BOONVILLE, NY – The fate of Forestport Elementary School will be decided by the Adirondack Central school board in a vote on Tuesday, March 26.

Concerned parents gathered Monday at the Boonville Elementary School for a special school board meeting.

Amy Weaver, a spokeswoman for the community, voiced concerns that the school board did not follow the process recommended by the state before making a decision.

“The reaction from the community has been one of dismay about how this process has transpired. There’s been a lack of transparency from the administration as well as the board about the intentions to close Forestport. The community, as well as other stake holders, were not put on notice that this was being considered as an option. Many of us feel it is potentially misguided and a premature decision.”

The Adirondack school board issued the following statement following the meeting.

“We’ve listened to the concerns of the citizens and will take those concerns into consideration, along with the information that has been submitted to us, before making an informed decision.”

If the decision is made to close Forestport Elementary, students would be then be transferred to Boonville Elementary.

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