BOE hosts special meeting Aug. 15


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GREENWOOD LAKE — The Greenwood Lake Board of Education will hold a special public work session on Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 6:30 p.m. in its elementary school gym to continue the discussion of the parental choice model as a high school option beginning September 2013.

Greenwood Lake School Superintendent Dr. Richard Brockel said Thursday morning that Tuxedo submitted a revised proposal on Monday as the board considers a 22-month parental choice option - which is allowed by law without a public vote - and the districts to include in that option.

“I think Tuxedo has shown good faith discussion and has moved in a positive direction,” he said. “We need to discuss it as a board before the 29th and the discussion needs to be held in public, not private, so the board can talk about what it wants to do.”

Brockel said the plan is to give the public an opportunity to again comment as well. He also thought Tuxedo officials put themselves in a better position with the new proposal, but added: “But we’ll wait and see when the full board meets and they have an opportunity to discuss openly.”

On its Web site, www.gwlufsd.org, the district posted what it called “snapshots” of the tuition amounts submitted by the Chester, Tuxedo and Warwick school districts, the three districts vying for those students. All Greenwood Lake students currently attend George F. Baker High School in Tuxedo, with the fifth of a five-year contract ending in June 2013.

Warwick: $8,000 for all students and bill special education at cost, with a two percent escalator in Year 2 if a 22-month model is implemented.
Chester: $9,500 for all students and bill special education at cost, with a two percent escalator in Year 2 if a 22-month model is implemented
Tuxedo (revised proposal): $13,900 for all students and bill special education at cost, with a two percent escalator in Year 2 if a 22 month model is implemented

The Greenwood Lake board will formally vote on its decision on Wednesday, Aug. 29, at the Greenwood Lake Elementary School.

- Nancy Kriz


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