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Top Stories 2012: Valhalla Schools To Repay $1.1M

Superintendent Brenda Myers is shown here standing. The Valhalla School District will be required to repay the town of Greenburgh $1.1 million.
Superintendent Brenda Myers is shown here standing. The Valhalla School District will be required to repay the town of Greenburgh $1.1 million. Photo Credit: Robert Michelin

VALHALLA, N.Y. -- As 2012 draws to an end, The Mount Pleasant Daily Voice is looking back at some of the top stories of the year .

In a time where the district is already tight on money with budget cuts and state-mandated costs, the Valhalla Union Free School District has to repay $1.1 million to the town of Greenburgh for illegal payments made to the district.

In late July , the district agreed to the settlement after the New York State Supreme Court ruled in November 2011 that the district received illegal payments from Greenburgh.

Through a complicated agreement, the town of Greenburgh agreed in 2004 to pay the school $650,000 annually for ten years to compensate for allowing a homeless shelter within the school district's borders.

Shortly after the settlement, Valhalla Board of Education President Laverne Clark declined comment and Schools Superintendent Brenda Myers was unavailable.

Greenbugh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner said he thought the settlement was not back-breaking for the school district.

"I think its a fair agreement," Feiner said shortly after the settlement. "I feel the goal is to not kill the school district."

The $1.1 million will be paid to Greenburgh over the course of the next nine years. The district plans to play the majority of it, $650,000, by September 2013. The remaining will be paid out over the next eight years.

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