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Shen board discusses land purchase for new school

Shen board discusses land purchase for new school

Matter discussed behind closed doors
Shen board discusses land purchase for new school
Shenendehowa Superintendent L. Oliver Robinson is shown at a 2015 football game in Syracuse.
Photographer: Michael Kelly/Gazette Reporter

The Board of Education at the Shenendehowa Central School District recently convened in executive sessions to discuss the district's plan to purchase land, potentially in the town of Halfmoon, to be used for a new school.

The board met in executive session prior to its Tuesday night meeting to discuss what they called "land acquisition proposal," but did not discuss the matter during the meeting afterward.

District spokeswoman Kelly DeFeciani said that while she could not provide any updates on the situation, it would be unlikely that a solid proposal would come to the board for a discussion for the next few months.

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"We are still in the process of exploring options and looking at potential parcels for sale," Shen said in a prepared statement regarding the land acquisition.

During a meeting last year, school Superintendent L. Oliver Robinson noted that the district has, for the last five or six years, been talking about buying land in Halfmoon, ideally 60 to 80 acres, where district growth is the most significant.

He estimated at that point that it would take most likely five years before a new school would be ready for operation.

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