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New status for old school

Landry said an addition would be built at the back of the building to accommodate ECOS, while preserving the rest of the building with a possible display and educational area. Currently, ECOS has $51,000 toward the addition. Landry estimates restoring the inside of the building could range from $80,000 to $120,000.

Clear said it could be months before actual renovations start. The building's foundation is the first area that needs to be repaired, said Clear, and it can't be done in the winter months.

ECOS does a variety of environmental activities. Clear said they do environmental education and nature walks for adults, families and schools. Currently they're working on a conference for late winter to early spring on smart growth and development. They also publish a series of nature area guides, which give maps and descriptions for Saratoga, Schenectady, Albany and Rensselaer counties.

"I like being outdoors a lot," said Clear. "For me it is mostly a learning experience.""

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