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Capital Region School Will Close

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Another Capital Region grade school is shutting its doors.  It's the end of a 145-year run for St. Augustine School in the Lansingburgh section of Troy. The school was in dire financial straits last year but got a reprieve from Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, who said if the community could spark enrollment, the doors would remain open. Meantime, enrollment slid down to 100 as debt ballooned past 300-thousand dollars. On Monday, Scharfenberger accepted parish officials’ recommendation to close the school at the end of this school year.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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