Orange County district in danger of seeing sizable decrease in students by 2022

The Highland Falls Fort Montgomery School District federal contract is set to run out at the end of the school year – giving it a few short months to fight to keep West Point students in its schools.

News 12 Staff

Sep 20, 2021, 9:54 PM

Updated 1,036 days ago

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A small school district in Orange County is in danger of losing a large portion of its students by this time next year.
The Highland Falls Fort Montgomery School District federal contract is set to run out at the end of the school year – giving it a few short months to fight to keep West Point students in its schools.
Parents say the decision was made in April by the Department of Defense Education Activity. However, families told News 12 they weren’t notified about it until August.
The controversial move would reportedly send high school students living on West Point at a lesser cost to Monroe-Woodbury, instead of James O'Neil High School. State Sen. James Skoufis sent a letter Friday to the federal government urging it to reconsider, as did Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.
“My office is working with both Highland Falls and DoD to ensure the issue is resolved quickly,” Maloney said to News 12. “My priority is ensuring students and families do not experience a disruption in services."
Frank Sheboy, the school’s district superintendent, wouldn't comment on the possible implications for the district.
“The district has educated students from West Point for generations. We have fostered positive relations with all our families and value those relationships immensely," he says.
Highland Falls Fort Montgomery relies heavily on its contract for West Point students and other aid to survive. A large portion of nearby land is owned by federal and state government and is not taxable.  
West Point parents have until the end of the month to weigh in.
News 12 reached out to the Monroe-Woodbury School District and DoDEA for comment but haven't heard back.


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