At the Board of Education meeting, Maria Suttmeier, HCSD superintendent, and Bruce Potter, superintendent of the Berkshire Union Free School District, are scheduled to update the board on the plans for the Columbia-Greene Partnership Academy. This presentation is a report to the board and only board members will be permitted to ask questions. The presentation comes early in a very long agenda, but attendees who want to speak on this issue or any other will have to wait through two "instructional conversations" (one of which has to do with the district's 2013 ELA and math test results), an executive session (the BOE's executive sessions are notoriously long), and four items of old business before a "Public Forum" is scheduled. The agenda explains the rules that govern participation in this part of the meeting when public comment is permitted.
With only twenty-three days left before the Columbia-Greene Partnership Academy is hoping to open in the former Register-Star building, Suttmeier is promising to "host more than one round table discussion dedicated to the ALP questions very soon." According to Suttmeier, she is working with Council president Don Moore to organize these discussions, and Moore has agreed to moderate them. What a concept--but, if the goal of these discussions is do anything other than try to convince people to be comfortable about having an ALP school in the middle of Hudson's revitalized business district, this is coming several months too late.
Meanwhile, at tonight's informal meeting of the Common Council, the items on the agenda so far include the introduction of two new laws (renter protection and site plan review), resolutions about financing and budget transfers, and a status report on the plans for the police and court building. The City has until the end of August to complete its due diligence and decide whether or not to buy the building at 701 Union Street.
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