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Peekskill School Board to Vote on Uriah Hill School Tonight

The Peekskill school board is expected to vote a resolution calling for the reopening of the Uriah School for next year. The move is being considered due to enrollment concerns and interest from the

Peekskill school officials are expected to pass a resolution calling for the reopening of the Uriah Hill School for 2013-2014 during tonight’s board of education meeting.

Uriah School was closed in 2009 as a money saving measure.

But recent spikes in enrollment—this year’s kindergarten class had a surge of about 60 students-—and the closing of the Assumption School, which has an enrollment of about 200 students, have led officials to reconsider opening Uriah Hill to use as an elementary school.

Also, the district is in talks with Putnam/Northern Westchester BOCES about renting space in the building.

The district currently spends about $80,000 annually in maintenance costs for Uriah Hill. The building has nearly 60 broken windows, some of the floors have asbestos tiles in them, the roof leaks and there are plumbing issues that need to be resolved.

Those issues would need to be addressed before the building is reopened.

Budget Discussion Continues

The school board is also expected to discuss next year’s budget, including the costs of maintaining the district’s current level of programming and services.

Sports Team Mergers

The board will also discuss and vote on a resolution the merge the high school tennis and golf teams  with the Putnam Valley School District’s programs. Peekskill schools is considering the merger due to lack participation in both sports programs.

A PDF of tonight’s agenda is available is attached to this story.


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