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Vote on Forestport Elementary School tabled until next week

School board officials cited the need to further study all of the evidence that has been presented to them so they can make a decision that’s best for the entire district.

Posted: Mar 27, 2019 12:34 AM

BOONVILLE, NY - For weeks there has been speculation that the Adirondack Central School board would vote to possibly close Forestport Elementary School.

That vote was supposed to happen Tuesday.

Instead, the school board decided to table the vote until next week.

A decision which was applauded by those in attendance.

School board officials cited the need to further study all of the evidence that has been presented to them so they can make a decision that’s best for the entire district.

“This just hasn’t been about finances,” said Adirondack Central School District Superintendent, Edward Niznik.

“This has been about balancing class sizes throughout the district. So there’s additional reasons for these discussions in regards to the closing of Forestport Elementary and moving students to Boonville Elementary. Individuals need to realize we’re the Adirondack Central School District. That is what we are and we need to come together and realize we are just one school district.”

“We’re very pleased with the decision by the board to delay the vote in an effort to make a more informed decision.” Said Amy Weaver, a spokeswoman for a group of concerned Forestport citizens.

“However, we also recognize that one week’s time is inadequate to be able to perform the proper assessments and evaluations necessary.”

The school board will now make a decision on what to do with Forestport Elementary at a meeting scheduled for Thursday, April 4.

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