Albany, NY – The Albany Public Schools District has reached a deal to shutter its massage therapy programs, saving $100,000 in 2016, a district spokeswoman said Wednesday.
The district, in a news release, said it will close all of its massage-therapy programs in 2016 and 2019.
“It is important to provide our students with the support they need to thrive in the workplace and beyond, and to protect our taxpayer dollars,” said Lisa Furlong, the district’s spokeswoman.
Under the agreement, the districts two massage therapists will not be allowed to operate at the school, which will be sold off to a private company.
The district has been operating the program since 2003, but the district will be buying the school and leasing it to the Albany Public School District, which is the largest school district in the state.
The district also will be selling the Albany School District’s parking lot and property.
Furlong said the district had been working with the Albany County School District to reopen the program and was in talks with the school board to make the sale.
At the same time, the state of New York will no longer provide funding for the district, which provides a primary school for more than 9,000 students.
The deal is subject to approval by the state legislature, which in May voted to lift the state’s moratorium on the sale of public schools to private entities.
Since the sale will happen in 2017, the school district has $1.9 million in remaining operating funds, Furlink said.