School Board spells R-E-L-I-E-F, at least for now | March 17, 2007

The possibility that Greenwood Lake may transfer their high school students to another school district would have a major impact on our public school and the Village's tax burden. In the 2006/2007 school year, there were approvimately 300 high school students from Greenwood Lake and 90 from Tuxedo. Uli Pendl submitted several questions at the first budget workshop meeting on March 1st. What will happen to George Baker High and the 90 Tuxedo students in attendance? How will the tax burden for the high school addition be paid if we lose our Greenwood Lake contingent?

Superintendent Zanetti responded to these questions at the March 8 budget workshop:

  1. As for the transfer, Mr. Zanetti reported that in a March 7 School Board meeting of the Warwick and Greenwood Lake school districts, which several Tuxedo School District representatives attended, it was stated that the high school students from Greenwood Lake would remain in our School district for the 07/08 school year.
  2. According to Mr. Zanetti, this year's debt service on the high school addition bond is covered as the Greenwood Lake contract is still in force for the next 4 months. There are no separate agreements in force regarding the remaining installments (to be covered in a - hopefully - new contract). The debt service on this bond will continue for the next 10 years.
  3. A number of Tuxedo students residing in the "Sterling" area of our town attend the Monroe/Woodbury school. The Tuxedo School Board would welcome the return of these students to the Tuxedo School District. This would be desirable but the possibility of these students returning to Tuxedo is considered a long shot at present for various reasons.

The next Budget Work Session of the School Board will be Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the GGM Multipurpose Room.

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