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Halfmoon planners OK site for Mother Teresa Academy

Halfmoon planners OK site for Mother Teresa Academy

Fledgling Catholic nursery and pre-K school currently in Clifton Park
Halfmoon planners OK site for Mother Teresa Academy
The current location of Mother Teresa's Academy in Clifton Park is shown in this September 2018 photograph.

The Halfmoon Planning Board has approved a new space for Mother Teresa's Academy, according to planning documents.

Mother Teresa Academy is a private Catholic school currently operating in Clifton Park. At its Aug. 26 meeting, according to documents, the board approved a move that would see the school occupy a 5,000-square-foot space at 1524 Route 9 in Halfmoon.

It is unclear if the Route 9 location will serve as a second academy, or as a new home for the original school. The organization has moved frequently as enrollment has grown, and most recently celebrated a move into a new space at 1 Executive Park Drive last fall as a transition into a larger space.

Joyce Maddalone of Glenville founded the school more than a decade ago, in 2006. Her daughter, Debbie Maddalone-Kenyon, is the executive director.
Prior to that move, the school was previously located on Moe Road, as well as another space on Executive Park Drive. The students, who span ages 3 to 6, are enrolled at three levels: nursery school, pre-K and kindergarten. The space that the school is housed in on Executive Park Drive is larger than any other schools that the space has been in, prior to the Route 9 space.

For years, the school has pulled many students from non-English speaking families who traveled to the area for jobs at Global Foundries in Malta and General Electric in Schenectady.

A representative from the academy could not be reached on Tuesday for comment on the new space.

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