DeSales closure hits PY, Dundee

Gwen Chamberlain

The decision to close DeSales School in Geneva will have an impact on Penn Yan and Dundee School Districts this year.

In Penn Yan, Academy Principal David Pullen says six students who previously attended classes at the private school in the Geneva School District will attend Penn Yan Academy this fall.

The six pupils will be driven to the Kashong area to meet a Penn Yan School bus on its regular route, says Pullen.

Families of students from outside the school district who attend classes in Penn Yan pay tuition

In Dundee, Athletic Director Jenn Hutches is working to line up opponents to fill openings in sports schedules where Dundee Scots teams were planning to face the DeSales Saints.

The absence of one team puts a big hole in the Finger Lakes West football schedule since the regular season only includes seven games. Dundee was scheduled to play DeSales on Sept. 22 at home.

Because DeSales does not field soccer or volleyball teams, the closure doesn’t impact other Dundee sports in the fall, but she’s looking toward winter (basketball) and spring (baseball and softball) schedules already, and making adjustments there as well.

Hutches says she hopes to have a resolution to the football schedule by the end of this week.

With construction work wrapping up on the Dundee capital project, home games will be played on the Dundee athletic fields for the fall season.

In other Penn Yan and Dundee School District news, both school districts’ boards of education approved a resolution allowing Dundee athlete MacKenzie Stone to compete as a Cross Country team of one sponsored by the Penn Yan Cross Country team.

Dundee does not have cross country teams.

In Dundee, the board of education agreed to seek voter approval to put a portion of an $825,000 surplus in a capital reserve fund for future school bus purchases.