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Smithtown school-closing vote looms

An undated file photo of Nesconset Elementary School

An undated file photo of Nesconset Elementary School in the Smithtown school district (Credit: Newsday / Tony Jerome)

A committee that will recommend closing a Smithtown school could vote tonight on that question and other potential cost-saving measures.

The citizens advisory committee on instruction and housing voted unofficially last month to recommend closing Nesconset Elementary School. The committee will take a final vote either tonight or Jan. 12, director of curriculum Jennifer Bradshaw said Wednesday.

The committee meets at 7 tonight at the school district’s offices at 26 New York Ave., Smithtown. The meeting is open to the public.

The Smithtown school board is expected to make a final decision next month on closing a school. A school closure could save about $1 million in personnel expenses, district officials have said.

Other cost-saving measures being considered by the advisory committee are a grade-restructuring model called the Princeton Plan, selling or renting the New York Avenue office building, and selling undeveloped district-owned properties.

The committee last month voted unofficially against the Princeton Plan, but in favor of closing the office building and selling vacant parcels.


Tags: Smithtown , Nesconset , elementary , school , closing , vote

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