Following on the heels of my story on Wednesday about the Clarkstown school board’s decision to lease space at St. Augustine’s school for displaced Congers Elementary students, here’s a letter Board President Michael Aglialoro sent to parents today.
As I indicated at the end of my story, the district is seeking volunteers to participate in community workshops so it can address the needs of its aging buildings while managing shrinking enrollment, a shrinking reserve fund and increasing costs.
“Difficult choices need to be made to close the gap between revenue and expenses, while ensuring the delivery of excellent educational services for our children. The decisions we will make in the coming months will impact the future of our school district, its employees and our local communities,” Aglialoro writes.
This is happening as the district mulls what to do with the damaged Congers Elementary school, which could cost several million to fix, officials have said. Some parents are gearing up for a fight.
The first community workshop meeting will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Chestnut Grove District Office, 62 Old Middletown Road, New City.
Interested volunteers should email District Clerk Lilyane Lorusso at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Oct. 4 or call for more information at (845) 639-6455. Provide your name, address, phone number and email address. If you have students in the district, provide the name of the school(s) they attend.