Statement on district buildings being demolished

To our community,

At the April 17th Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to tear down the old district office building and a barn that was being used for storage.

Following damage from Hurricane Irene, the old district office building was unable to be fully restored, even with FEMA funds that were allocated. The building has been vacant since the storm and further improvements would be very expensive to bring the building back up to code. The barn on the property would be similarly expensive to bring up to code under New York State regulations. Combined, to bring the two buildings up to code would cost tens of thousands of dollars, possibly more.

After reviewing all options for the two buildings, the most cost effective option for the district was to have them demolished since they are not essential for district services.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call my office.

Brian P. Dunn
Superintendent of Schools