Town of Clifton Park submits proposal to partner with Shenendehowa and purchase district-owned land for $1.1 million

Written by on September 19, 2017 in District News

As part of a joint effort to partner, the town of Clifton Park has submitted a proposal to Shenendehowa  to purchase the vacant land adjacent to Shatekon and Arongen elementary schools.

A committee with members from the Board of Education, district officials and officials from the town began discussing the details of a potential sale after residents of the district defeated a referendum to sell the land to a developer. The proposal that is submitted includes input from the members of this committee.

The town has offered $1.1 million for the parcel. A separate Memorandum of Understanding for ongoing formal collaboration between the two parties will be agreed upon relating to matters of mutual interest to their respective residents. 

Next Steps

  • The Board of Education will discuss the proposal at its regularly scheduled meeting on September 26 at 7 p.m. in the Gowana Library. This is a study session with no public comment. However, residents can always provide comments to the Board of Education through the BOE email at boe@shenet.org.
  • The town is expected to approve the contract for sale at its meeting on October 2.
  • The Board of Education will look to take action on the proposal from the town at its regularly scheduled meeting on October 10 at 7 p.m. in the Gowana Library. This is a business meeting that includes public comment at the beginning and end of the meeting. Residents are invited to provide feedback on the proposal.
  • If the resolution is approved by the board, the finalization of the sale is contingent upon voter approval at a public referendum tentatively planned for December 5. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.
  • If the sale is approved school district residents, the Clifton Park Town Board will conduct a comprehensive, public planning process. The process will follow the same template as other long-term planning processes conducted by the Town Board in recent years and will include opinions and ideas from the community derived from public meetings.  The town is committed to investing funds to ensure there is a successful planning process and to complete short-term improvements to enhance the community’s enjoyment of the public parcel.   The Town Board has been extremely successful in acquiring grant funding and will aggressively pursue grants for every stage of the planning and execution process.