Garrison Gets Favorable Court Decision on St Basil’s Case
In a decision dated January 5 the NY State Court of Appeals ruled that Garrison will not have to provide a tuition-free education to school-aged children who are not already Garrison residents, settling a nearly ten-year-old dispute with neighboring St. Basil’s Academy.
In its own words, the nine-page decision settles “the question of whether a school district is obligated to pay for the educational costs of the children living in a child care institution located within district boundaries.”
And the key to the decision is that regardless of a child’s temporary status living in a child care institution such as St. Basil’s, “the issuance of a license to operate a child care institution does not change the residence of the children living there.”
Superintendent Gloria Colucci, who has been giving regular updates on the St. Basil’s case at every monthly school board meeting, was relieved: “We’re gratified by the court’s decision and very happy to have the matter resolved,” she told the PCN&R on Thursday.
The Court of Appeals is the state’s highest court.