Monday, January 29, 2018

Mark Your Calendars

Notice appeared last week in the Register-Star of a public hearing to discuss the closing of John L. Edwards Primary School. 

The hearing will take place on Monday, February 12, at 6:30 p.m., in the library at Hudson High School, 215 Harry Howard Avenue. As often happens with Hudson City School District meetings, the time of the meeting conflicts with the City of Hudson informal Common Council meeting, scheduled for that same evening at 7 p.m.

Closing John L. Edwards is the final step in a plan to "right size" HCSD outlined two years ago. In the school year 2019-2020, PreK, Kindergarten, and Grade 1--the only grades that remain at JLE--will move to the new addition to Montgomery C. Smith now under construction.

There is talk of Columbia County buying the building. The County has a long history of acquiring abandoned school buildings, the most recent being Ockawamick School in Claverack. If the County buys the building, it's been suggested that the space might be shared with the City of Hudson, allowing the City to move its offices and the Council Chamber from 520 Warren Street to the school. There are some in Hudson who wish the City would acquire the entire building so that the Youth Department could move there, too. Time will tell what actually happens.

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