OSWEGO, NY – Tuesday night, after executive session the Oswego Board of Education acted upon a resolution after reconvening for public session.
They approved a lease agreement for property, owned by John Dunsmoor, to be used for the Big Picture School.
The resolution was approved 5-0 by the board. The motion was made by Thomas DeCastro and seconded by Kathleen Allen.
“Mr. Dunsmoor (school board president) wasn’t present during the disucssion of the conditional agreement during exectutive session or at the time of the vote,” according to Bill Foley, district clerk.
The conditional lease is pending the outcome of the yet to be scheduled hearing before the Supreme Court of New York State.
According to the resoultion:
WHEREAS, the Oswego City School District (hereinafter the “District”) seeks to lease premises located at 80 Dutch Road, Town of Scriba, County of Oswego from Northeast Sports Source, Inc.; and
WHEREAS, the District seeks to utilize the premises for additional space to accommodate its educational programs, specifically for the purpose of housing its alternative high school program known as the “Big Picture School”; and
WHEREAS, the District has received and considered the Disclosure of Interest Statement by Board President John Dunsmoor which shall be included in the official minutes of the Board of Education; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Education has received and reviewed the Short Environmental Assessment Form to assess the environmental impact of the action; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Education has received and reviewed the proposed lease agreement for the premises.
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Board of Education of the Oswego City School District as follows:
Section 1. The Board of Education determines that the lease of premises located at 80 Dutch Road is an Unlisted Action under the regulations of the State Environmental Quality Review Act and designates itself as Lead Agency.
Section 2. Upon review of all information required to make a determination, the Board of Education determines the lease of the premises for the purpose of housing educational programs of the District will not result in any large or important environmental impacts, and therefore, it is one which will not have a significant impact on the environment and a Negative Declaration will be prepared and filed with the District Clerk.
Section 3. The lease of the premises to the District under the terms and conditions set forth therein is hereby approved subject to approval of the Commissioner of Education as well as the approval required by General Municipal Law §802(1)(d).