Last Tuesday, the Register-Star reported on a new multi-district alternative learning program for about forty high risk students from the Hudson City School District, Catskill Central School District, and Berkshire Union Free School District, to be headed up by controversial former Hudson High principal Tom Gavin and located somewhere in Hudson. The article didn't indicate where, but Gossips has learned from a credible source that the alternative learning program will be located in the old Register-Star building at the corner of Warren and Fourth streets.
Work crews with ladders have been observed at the building for the past week, and the word is they plan to have it ready for use in September.
Galvan Initiatives Foundation purchased the building in February 2012. For a while, it was considered as a possible new location for the Hudson Area Library, but the library board opted to stay with the Armory, the building Galvan had originally offered them.
This news, assuming it's true, raises a question: Can a building in the heart of the city's commercial thoroughfare, which has been the office of a newspaper for the last hundred and fifty years, be re-purposed as a school without a site plan review by the Planning Commission? There seem to be all manner of concerns attendant on this change of use. On the most practical level, where will the buses park--for it seems there have to be buses to bring kids in from Catskill and Canaan and places besides Hudson within the Hudson City School District--when students disembark in the morning and board in the middle of the afternoon?
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