Chappaqua Schools, Town Board Schedule Joint Meeting

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Chappaqua School Board President Victoria Tipp said emergency response should be at the top of the agenda when it meets with the Town Board. Photo Credit: Brian Marschhauser

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. – The Chappaqua Board of Education and New Castle Town Board will revive an old tradition and hold an official joint meeting for the first time in years on Dec. 4.

While no agenda is currently set for the meeting, school board President Victoria Tipp doesn’t anticipate a shortage of topics. The recent hurricane is still on everyone’s mind, Tipp said, and working with the town to improve emergency response should be a top priority.

“The emergency response is pretty crucial at this point,” Tipp said.

School board member Karen Visser said the two sides can develop better lines of communication and improve coordination when it comes to sharing utilities.

“If you see a Con Ed truck and they need a place to park their trucks, don’t call me, just give them permission,” she said.

Another item the school board wants to discuss is district-owned properties and how they could be used to raise revenue in conjunction with the town.

“We’ve started to identify all the parcels of land that we have and what the potential uses might be, whether we need to use it, whether they’re commercially viable in any way,” board member Randy Katchis said. “We can always bring that forward and see if there’s a benefit for the town or the school to use each other’s facilities, properties, unused assets.”

The Dec. 4 meeting at New Castle Town Hall will be the first of two between the boards. The second will likely take place at Horace Greeley High School sometime in the spring.

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