CLEVELAND, N.Y. (AP) — A former elementary school in northern New York will become a training academy for state forest rangers and environmental conservation officers.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says it has purchased the former Cleveland Elementary School in Oswego County for $199,000.
The school closed five years ago due to declining enrollment. It sits on 13 acres within view of Oneida Lake and has 23 classrooms, a gym and a commercial kitchen.
The location is 30 miles from the current DEC training facility in Pulaski. That facility is a former log-cabin motel that lacks a gym and classroom space needed for training.
DEC is currently training 30 conservation officers and 14 rangers at the Pulaski facility.