With the increasing strain on school budgets, decline in building aid and shrinking student enrollment, many school districts in New York State are considering school closings as the best way to consolidate educational services and reduce operating costs. As more districts consider closing school buildings permanently, host communities are left with vacant structures that pose security/safety risks and unforeseen liability. These communities are turning to approaches to prevent closed buildings from becoming eyesores and turn them into functioning assets and revenue generators. This article, by Squire Sanders lawyer Lauren Michelle Trialonas, examines the questions surrounding board of education decisions to close school buildings.
Published in The Reporter, Fall 2013. Reprinted with permission.