Authorizes Greenburgh North Castle Union free school district to lease certain real property.
BILL NUMBER: S1789A
TITLE OF BILL : An act to amend chapter 118 of the laws of 1969, relating to a separate union free school district in the town of Greenburgh in the county of Westchester, in relation to clarifying the authority of the Greenburgh North Castle Union Free School District to lease certain property located outside of its boundaries
PURPOSE OR GENERAL IDEA OF THE BILL : This legislation will authorize the Greenburgh North Castle Union Free School District to continue leasing property outside of district boundaries for the purpose of providing instruction to students.
Section 1: Authorizes the District to lease property located at one hundred eight Shonnard Place in the city of Yonkers for the purpose of providing instruction to students enrolled in the school district.
Section 2: Ratifies previous Board action regarding lease arrangements at the site.
Section 3: Establishes the effective date.
JUSTIFICATION : The Greenburgh North Castle Union Free School District is a special act district that currently operates programs to serve special needs students. In 2005, the district opened the Greenburgh Academy in Yonkers which now serves over 170 students. Since the present location is outside of the District's physical boundaries, the authorization to lease space for the Academy has been secured through a waiver issued by the State Education Department. This legislation will negate the need for a waiver from the Education Department while ensuring that important student services will continue without interruption.
PRIOR LEGISLATIVE HISTORY : 2008 - Died in Education
FISCAL IMPACT : None.
EFFECTIVE DATE : This act shall take effect immediately.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 1789--A 2009-2010 Regular Sessions IN SENATE February 6, 2009 ___________Introduced by Sen. STEWART-COUSINS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education -- committee discharged, bill amended, ordered reprinted as amended and recommitted to said committee AN ACT to amend chapter 118 of the laws of 1969, relating to a separate union free school district in the town of Greenburgh in the county of Westchester, in relation to clarifying the authority of the Greenburgh North Castle Union Free School District to lease certain property located outside of its boundaries THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. Chapter 118 of the laws of 1969, relating to a separate union free school district in the town of Greenburgh in the county of Westchester is amended by adding a new section 2-a to read as follows: S 2-A. NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER LAW, RULE, OR REGULATION TO THE CONTRARY, IN ADDITION TO THE POWERS GRANTED BY SECTION TWO OF THIS ACT, THE BOARD OF EDUCATION SHALL BE AUTHORIZED TO LEASE PROPERTY LOCATED AT 108 SHONNARD PLACE IN THE CITY OF YONKERS, COUNTY OF WESTCHESTER FOR THE PURPOSE OF PROVIDING INSTRUCTION TO STUDENTS ENROLLED IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. S 2. The actions of the board of education in entering a lease of property located at 108 Shonnard Place in the city of Yonkers, county of Westchester prior to the effective date of this act are hereby ratified, validated and confirmed notwithstanding its location outside of the school district boundaries. S 3. This act shall take effect immediately.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD04999-04-9