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Sheriff’s Office eyes Clarksville Elementary

Move would dramatically shift police operations, create efficiencies

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.

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. Photo by Charles Wiff.

— The district has also expressed a desire to open the school again when enrollment increases, though. Apple mentioned the possibility of a five-year lease with the district, with the option for another five years at the expiration.

Apple also said he’d like to open unused portions of the building up as a community center, and also keep the playground intact. He said making sure the community is on board with the move is a big factor, and if Clarksville clearly doesn’t want the offices there he won’t come.

“I want the community to come, know your cops, know your paramedics,” he said.

Apple said he’d like to advance the process along sooner rather than later and start moving in 2012.

The Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. tonight at the district offices, 90 Adams Place, Delmar, a building that is actually up for sale. The district will be moving its operations there to the high school in the new year.

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