Still no deal on Shen land issue – New York News

CLIFTON PARK — Town officials met again Monday with representatives from the Shenendehowa Board of Education to discuss the possible sale of 34 acres of undeveloped land from the district to the town, but no deal was reached.


The meeting, the third of its kind, was a continuation of negotiation efforts between the two entities over the forested land that the district is considering selling to the town.

“Town and school board representatives met today to further discuss the 34 acres, deemed surplus by the board of education,” Clifton Park town Supervisor Phil Barrett said in an emailed statement on Monday. “During the meeting we discussed many of the same topics of conversation from earlier meetings, including the town’s idea from 2016, regarding a partnership for sports playing fields.”

Barrett went on to explain that the fields would be on school property adjacent to the 34 acres.

“Collaborative efforts between the town and school that benefit the community are an integral part of this conversation. Progress was made today and I expect we will be talking again in the near future,” the statement further read.

Officials from the town attending the meeting, along with Barrett, were Councilwoman Amy Standaert, Town Attorney Tom McCarthy and Planning Director John Scavo. Present from the Board of Education were new board President Bill Casey, board member Bob Pressly, Vice President Todd Gilbert and Assistant Superintendent of Finance Kathleen Wetmore-Chase.

A representative from the school board did not respond to multiple requests for comment Monday. The Board of Education regularly…

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