Bethlehem Central School District closed Clarksville Elementary School starting in the 2011-12 school year to save money. Now, it appears the Albany County Sheriff's Office may be interested in leasing the property for use as a substation.
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Apple said they’ve looked into buildings in Coeymans and Latham as possible options as well, but he is still behind what he called a win-win opportunity for the community, the district, and for the sheriff’s office.
Tebbano told The Spotlight in October the district is always looking for an opportunity to find new revenue streams, and added while the revenues may not be significant, every little bit helps in this day and age.
The superintendent confirmed that the Sheriff’s Office has not been the only one to inquire about the use of the building, but stressed that the goal is to use the school for its intended purpose again in the future.
“Our goal right now is to maintain the building so that we can re-open the building within five years, depending on enrollment and the economy,” said Tebbano.
Apple called Tebbano a “great resource” to work with. The acting sheriff, who is running unopposed for a full term in the Nov. 8 election, is interested in moving ahead quickly with discussions.
“We’re trying to get the ball moving,” said Apple. “I realize it is baby steps.”
Apple is in the process of finalizing a 2012 department budget, and said there have even been conversations about setting up a site survey at the school. Tebbano said the district is not in a hurry to do anything with the elementary school.
The district shuttered Clarksville Elementary starting this school year.