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Cortland Board Votes To Close Parker And Virgil Elementary Schools

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“It’s a sad day for Cortland and for the children and for the families, too…I feel,” the opinion of Cortland Board of Education member Alane VanDonsel.

VanDonsel was the only no vote to close Parker and Virgil elementary schools in an effort to lessen the district budget problems.

Parker and Virgil will close July 1, 2019.

The Parker School principal promises a letter to parents in the backpack express tonight (Wednesday).

For his part, Superintendent Michael Hoose praised the Board for – after years – dealing with the situation, and suggested better days are ahead, once the district’s financial situation improves.

The Board hopes to decide on a school reorganization plan at its next meeting in two weeks.

About 50 people attended last night’s Cortland Board of Ed meeting, including several from Virgil. Town Supervisor John Kaminsky declined comment, but promised the school would be part of the town board meeting next week.

As for Parker school, Cortland Mayor Brian Tobin met briefly with Hoose, pledging to do the best possible for the neighborhood.


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