Clarkstown Schools Closed For Second Day

No school on Tuesday, many buildings without power

Clarkstown School Superintendent Margaret Keller-Cogan notified parents late Monday afternoon that the district’s schools would remain closed for a second day because power has not been restored to nine of the district's buildings.  The message went out via email message and voicemail and is posted on the district’s website.

The superintendent’s message follows: 

Many of our schools remain without power.  We are therefore unable to open school tomorrow, Tuesday November 1.

Some school districts in the county will be re-opening tomorrow even though one or two of their schools are closed.  We are not able to do so due to the large number of schools without power and the number of power lines that are down in our community.

The schools that do not have power include: Birchwood, Chestnut Grove (District Office), Lakewood, Link, Little Tor, New City, North High School, West Nyack and Woodglen.

We will continue to update you with hopefully more positive news.  I thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. 

The district has 14 school buildings plus Chestnut Grove, which also houses a child care program.

Clarktown is not the only district dealing with delays in power restoration as a result of .  The Nanuet district announced late Monday evening that all schools will open Tuesday.  Several South Orangetown schools are on a two-hour delay but will not open if power is not restored by early morning.  The Pearl River School District is uncertain if all schools will be open. Albertus Magnus High School in Bardonia will be closed.

Joe Opinionated November 01, 2011 at 07:01 PM
Much like the method it employs to determine snow days, Clarkstown Central School District's inside-the-box-only-thinking leadership can't seem to find ways to put perfectly good resources to use when other parts of its unwieldy infrastructure are broken. The result: everybody gets a day off (uh, I mean, two days - so far). The message to students: 'Don't make TOO much of an effort. Go along with the crowd. Be overly cautious - don't take chances.' Thank you, Dr Keller-Cogan and the Board, for making fearful, lazy, conforming, unmotivated and un-empowered automatons out of CCSD students. Well, at least there's one job they are well prepared for when they get out of this over-sized nursery school: Teacher - IN THE CLARKSTOWN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT! Enjoy your day(s) off, Clarkstown teachers! Do be careful of those downed power lines on your way to Starbucks in the mall . . .
Clarkstown Resident & Parent November 01, 2011 at 07:37 PM
why not just give the kids and the teachers the full month off?? Why have generators or any disaster recovery plan in place? What's the matter we do not pay enough in taxes? Really? Between O&R and the CCSD I am really at a loss for words...Really just cancel school, don't turn on electric, have no disaster recovery plan and oh by the way charge the community as much taxes as possible...so glad I chose the CCSD! :)
Mary Smith November 01, 2011 at 07:44 PM
You both are extremely bitter people! Many of the homes in our district do not have power. How do you expect anyone in the family to get anything done! Use some logic here, instead of being smalled minded and dim-witted like members of the board majority! Be angry at O & R. Not Dr. Keller-Cogan!
Caidence November 01, 2011 at 07:56 PM
Mary, it looks like common sense flew out the window with those two.
Clarkstown Resident & Parent November 01, 2011 at 08:11 PM
Mary - My anger is with O&R not Meg...dim witted and small minded...really...wow...you're so articulate and bright I am blown away...it is year 2011, yet our schools and O&R have no back up plans, disaster recovery or contingency plans but I am small minded and dim-witted...oh and bitter...bitterly cold! Common sense can't fly out of the window, it is too cold to open my window...brrrr
Joe Opinionated November 01, 2011 at 08:15 PM
The majority of homes in Clarkstown do have power, and if half the schools in the district do, then keeping them closed is wasteful, inefficient, and it tells me the district leadership is unmotivated to even attempt to do the job my taxes pay them to do. My beef is with whomever is behind the decision. The message comes from Keller-Cogan as an executive, but the very public feud between her, Board members, and district constituents on both sides makes it plain that there is very little leading going on when it comes to providing for our children's education. She's not Joan of Arc, and the board is not a mob of persecuting religious zealots. If these so-called leaders want to fight, let them get a cage and a public-access cable channel. In the meantime, get on with the job you were hired to do - educate my kids.
Clarkstown Resident & Parent November 01, 2011 at 08:40 PM
g-d forbid anyone question the almighty and precious Dr. Keller - Cogan I mean everyone else can take criticism but don't dare to knock the almighty Meg...but that's another talk for another day...let's get power restored and our kids back to learning.. respectfully, small minded & dim-witted
Anne November 05, 2012 at 01:20 AM
If power is back in the district, hold school on Tuesday like other districts are doing. Also, use other conference days as make up days or at least use half the day. This is better than not having any time off in the Spring when it is religious holidays for many people. And don't be so quick to cancel school during inclement weather this year. Use 2 and 3 hour delays so some learning can occur!
Z November 05, 2012 at 01:48 AM
It's not just the power but bus routes are also blocked because of all the fallen trees, etc. It would be unsafe for the children who ride on those buses. For example, our block has a down utility pole across the whole street. O&R has been there a few times but has not moved it yet! The bus goes down the whole block but would not be able to pick up children and bring them home because of that pole and it could not turn around because it is a very small street. There appear to be many streets with that problem.


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