NORTH COLONIE TO DONATE OLD VERDOY SCHOOL TO TOWN

MARC CAREY Staff writer
Section: CAPITAL REGION,  Page: B4

Date: Tuesday, August 29, 1995

COLONIE The first step in moving the historic Verdoy School from Troy-Schenectady Road in Latham to the grounds of the Pruyn House in Newtonville has been taken. The North Colonie School District has agreed to donate the school to the town.


School district business Administrator Thomas J. Rybaltowski made the recommendation. Rybaltowski noted the town plans to restore the building at the new site. ``The school may be the only remaining, untouched, one-room schoolhouse in this area,'' said Rybaltowski. The school, dating to about 1910, was last used for teaching purposes by the district in 1958. Since that time, the district has used it as a storage facility. The school is listed on both the state and national Register of Historic Places.


The town expects to acquire the school at no cost. The town's Centennial Commission will pay to move the structure to the Pruyn House grounds on Old Niskayuna Road. The commission is organizing a myriad of events and fund-raising activities to celebrate the town's 100th anniversary this year.


Town Supervisor Fred Field has expressed interest in refurbishing the schoolhouse, which could then be used as a hands-on educational tool to teach today's students about the educational process of their ancestors.