Mayor clarifies Pettibone's status

The New Milford mayor’s office has issued a statement concerning the immediate plans for and status of John Pettibone School, which closed its doors last month for a final time as an educational facility.

The school will be managed by the Board of Education until it is turned over to the town on Sept. 30.

After that date, the town will host community forums to hear ideas for future use and financing of the property. The property cannot be sold without the approval of those attending a special town meeting, regardless of the future use potential.

The office of Mayor Pat Murphy has received questions about items being discarded at the school site.

The schools administration said it is moving useable, safe and date-compliant items and materials that teachers and staff could utilize in other town schools.

Everything usable by teachers and staff has been shrink-wrapped and moved to other school locations by professional movers.

At the end of every school year, all of the schools get rid of damaged, broken and aged-out items. The district has a contract with the current dumpster provider that includes daily pickup at Pettibone at no additional cost to the district.

The school playground equipment is being dismantled for use at other locations.

The adjacent creative playground on Pickett District Road is not part of the school property, nor are the athletic fields.

For more information, call the Board of Education administrative offices at 860-355-8406 or the mayor’s office at 860-355-6010.

Norm Cummings