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E. Greenbush school board votes against plan to close schools

EAST GREENBUSH -- The East Greenbush School Board voted unanimously Wednesday to keep all its schools open despite two proposals to close Genet Elementary. 


The district spent the last two years conducting studies and holding meetings to determine how to cut costs. At a public hearing before the vote parents and teachers spoke out against closing buildings.


"Our schools are the crown jewels of this community and they are essential. Close the school and you irrevocably change that," said Sean Crall, president of the East Greenbush Teachers' Association.


Superintendent Angela Nagle proposed an alternative plan to keep the doors open, but look for alternative revenues such as renting vacant classrooms and bringing back outsourced programs like special education.


"I think the savings of potentially $400,000 a year is something to give us all pause efore you make a decision as grave as this," said parent Jennifer O'Brien.


The board voted unanimously to keep all the schools open. Nagle hopes state aid will continue to fill gaps.


"It's going to be a tough couple of years ahead unless the state and federal government provide more support for public education," said Nagle. "I hope he [Gov. Andrew Cuomo] has a very rich state aid package for our school."

 
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