Students Being Spread Out Among Other Schools

CONGERS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Students at Congers Elementary will be scattered throughout the Clarkstown Central School District after their school was deemed structurally unsound and temporarily shuttered while it undergoes repairs, WCBS 880’s Sean Adams reports.

The two-story, red-brick building, constructed in 1927, appeared sound from the front Friday, Adams reported. But yellow tape was blocking off part of the school yard, and severe cracks could be seen in the gymnasium’s rear wall.

The Rockland County school’s nearly 300 students, from kindergarteners to fifth-graders, will be spread out among three other schools when the academic year begins Sept. 9.

One mother said she was worried about overcrowding. “I don’t even know where they’re going to put those kids,” she said. “Six more classes. Is it going to be in the music class?”

Parents have been breaking the news of the school’s closure to their children since an engineer ruled the building was unsafe Thursday.

The district was holding a community meeting to discuss the matter Friday afternoon.

“She’ll be fine,” one father said of his daughter. “I think what we all really want is information on how long it’s going to take to repair it. “I told my daughter that, yes, she will not be going to (her usual) school, but I emphasized that she will still be with the same classmates,” he added.

In the meantime, kindergartners and first-graders will be relocated to Lakewood Elementary School. Second- and third-graders will attend New City Elementary. And fourth- and fifth-graders will be sent to Laurel Plains Elementary.

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