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Top Stories 2012: Peekskill's Assumption School At Risk

The Assumption School may close forever at the end of this school year.
The Assumption School may close forever at the end of this school year. Photo Credit: Art Cusano

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Generations of Peekskill residents have passed through the halls of  Assumption School, but the current group of students may be the last, making this one of the top stories of 2012 in Peekskill.

Assumption School is among 26 Catholic elementary schools in the lower New York State area that could be closed after the end of the school year in June, 2013.

The school is run by Assumption Parish, which was founded in 1859, and the school itself was completed in 1909. It offers classes in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten through eighth-grade.

The school has had about 200 students in most recent years, with a high of 230 students in the 2009-10 school year

If the school is forced to close this June, the Archdiocese of New York said it will work to help place students and staff elsewhere.

Busing is available through public schools for up to a 15-mile radius in Westchester County, according to an  spokesman for the archdiocese. That would allow students to attend other Catholic schools in Cortlandt and Ossining. Assumption teachers and other staff would also be relocated.

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