Shenendehowa School District's Battle Over Parcel of Land to Continue
The battle continues over Shenendehowa School District's plan to sell 34 acres of land. Hundreds turned out to voice their opinion at Tuesday night’s board meeting. Tamani Wooley explains, opponents of the plan will have to wait another few weeks to find out if their effort to force a referendum paid off.
CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. -- The battle over a controversial proposed land sale involving the Shenendehowa School District will go on after a packed school board meeting Tuesday night.
The issue was a 34-acre parcel of land the school board wants to sell to a developer for $2 million.
The group "Friends of Clifton Park Open Space" is against that plan. They want the land sold to the town and turned into a large park.
They collected thousands of signatures in hopes of forcing a vote on the land sale.
The district says they are still in the midst of verifying all those signatures, so they cannot go forward with a vote just yet.
Opponents are growing inpatient.
“We demonstrated the extent, the depths of support for this and they are still delaying moving forward with a referendum,” said Friends of Clifton Park Open Space Vice President Susan Burton.
“It’s important for the public to know that we have a legal obligation as a school district to do our due diligence because all voters need to know that the decision we make is within the legal bounds," said Shenendehowa School Superintendent Dr. Oliver Robinson.
The board says its goal is to have an announcement on a possible referendum vote at their next meeting on January 24.