Rescue Me: The Balmville School

Sitting at the corner of 9W and Balmville Road sits the ruins of the Balmville School in the Town of Newburgh, erected in 1897. In 2007 a news article it was announced that the building would be demolished. That obviously hasn’t happened and there is a Facebook group dedicated to saving the building. There is no recent news of any demolition or rehabilitation efforts. It would be a terrible shame to see it torn down. If you wish to learn more about the history of the old Balmville School, click here and skip to chapter 8.

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  • This school is a symbol of the f*%#-you attitude from the school district. They talked about razing this building about 10 years ago and because of public backlash rescinded that plan. So instead, they let the building continue to deteriorate. I don’t understand why- when our school taxes are so extraordinarily high- that no one seems to make efforts to hold our district leaders accountable. They have failed our school buildings for years by neglecting maintenance- and yet they have the audacity of funding yet another new building in this current budget. Beyond failing a number of our most vulnerable students by fudging attendance records and promoting sports over academics and the arts, they have demonstrated a disregard for their responsibility. The old Balmville School is an appropriate symbol of the rot that infests this district. Of course they want to knock it down.

  • The district tax payers are on the hook for $220,000 to enhance transparency with regards to attendance data. The problem was “transparency”. Eliminate the system “overrides” because some of the adults in the room don’t know how to behave. As well, too much public/public partnership in the City of Newburgh, imo.

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