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Towns express interest in Rosendale Elementary School building

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Marbletown, Rochester and Rosendale town supervisors are expressing interest in the Rosendale Elementary School Building. YNN’s Alexandra Weishaupt has more on the partnering plans that the supervisors are proposing for the space, along with reaction from the Rondout Valley School District Superintendent.

COTTEKILL, N.Y. -- “Our people are working under very, very tight conditions and are really not being able to better serve our community because of limited space,” said Marbletown Town Supervisor Michael Warren.

A space issue is the reason Marbletown, Rochester and Rosendale town supervisors are in talks with Rondout Valley School District Officials about occupying the Rosendale Elementary School building for town government purposes.

“The school has three wings, each wing would be ideal to be a space for each town, so we'd be able to combine services by sharing the building, but still having our individual identity,” said Rosendale Town Supervisor Jeanne Walsh.

The space would also afford them the opportunity to turn the school library into a town court, which would be used by all three municipalities. It could also provide shared community space in the gym and cafeteria for events and services.

“The school is in very good shape. It’s probably the best facility the school district has,” said Warren.

But the building closed in June 2011 due to declining enrollment and rising costs. Neither the town supervisors nor school officials want to see the building sit empty for much longer, making the proposal a real possibility.

“Our hope was to have it used for a practical purpose, and certainly to have it utilized within the confines of our community would be perfect,” said Rondout Valley Central School District Superintendent Rosario Agostaro. “Ultimately it was purchased and bought by our local taxpayers and it would certainly be an appropriate way to go back to the taxpayers.”

Rondout Valley school officials are in the midst of negotiations. District lawyers are reviewing plans for leasing the space with a potential option to buy down the road. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP