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Hen Hud Superintendent Addresses Indian Point Closure At BOE Meeting

Superintendent Joseph Hochreiter speaking about the pending closure of Indian Point at the recent Hendrick Hudson School District's Board of Education meeting. Video Credit: Mathew Swerdloff

MONTROSE, N.Y. -- Superintendent Joseph Hochreiter discussed the pending closure of Indian Point in 2020/21 during Hendrick Hudson School District's Jan. 11 Board of Education meeting.

Following his remarks, he and Assistant Superintendent for Business Enrique Catalan answered questions regarding the closure and how it may affect the district.

“I know there is a lot of shock, and there are many questions and concerns about what happens,” said Hochreiter, citing the fact that Entergy provides approximately 30 percent of the school district’s revenue.

Hochreiter commended district staff for demonstrating resilience in the face of a difficult situation with “more questions than answers" and emphasized that the district will continue to “provide our kids with a world-class education while we determine what our next steps are.”

There are plans for district administrators to meet with representatives from the Governor’s office, which has committed publicly to making the district “whole," according to a release from the Hen Hud School District.

There will be discussions moving forward regarding what the district looks like without the 30 percent in revenue, should there be no special dispensation from the state, a worst-case scenario, the release said.

The superintendent explained that the district’s PTA Advocacy Group is currently engaged in pursuing various responses, and that he is in the midst of communications with local and state officials, with the goal of focusing the governor’s attention on this issue and the way the district will be impacted.

Acknowledging that the district was disappointed by the way the news about Indian Point was communicated without any warning,  Hochreiter said that Entergy has been a good partner for the district in many ways over the years, including providing hundreds of thousands of dollars to enrich educational opportunities for students.

The district remains committed to its students “because they deserve it, because that’s who we are, and that’s what we are going to be about as we navigate some very interesting times and some very troubled waters,” said Hochreiter toward the end of his remarks.

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