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Public Referendum on Parker School Set for March 31

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The transition of the former Parker Elementary School into an early childhood education center is nearing its final stages.

Last month, Cortland Common Council moved to officially purchase the building from the school district, under the condition it first be taken to a public referendum among registered voters living in the district.

The Board of Education has set that vote for March 31 at the Kaufman Center, located at 1 Valley View Drive.

Meanwhile, the mayor’s specially appointed Parker School task force meets again tonight to continue discussions on the project.

That group’s made up of city officials, Board of Education members and executives from the YMCA and CAPCO, which are the two agencies planning to operate the facility.

It appears there may soon be some financial help available from the state, as Governor Cuomo on Friday announced New York had received a more than $40 million federal grant to help coordinate and strengthen its early childhood system.

Those funds will arrive annually in $13.4 M increments over the next three years.

“New York is committed to creating opportunities for every child to reach their fullest potential by providing our youth with the highest quality of childcare, health care and education,” Governor Cuomo said. “Strong collaboration among early childhood programs is critical and this funding will further support our efforts to put our youngest New Yorkers on a path to success.”

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