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Students Find Some Changes in Elmsford Schools

ELMSFORD, N.Y — Jason Deleon hesitated a moment before naming something that changed this year at Alexander Hamilton High School in Elmsford, where he is a sophomore.

“They added new walls in the front,” the 16-year-old said.

The walls were one of the items in a long list of improvements that Barbara Peters, the Elmsford Free Union School District superintendent, said were made before school started.

During the board of education meeting last week, Peters said improvements were made inside and outside the district’s three schools: Alexander Hamilton High School, Alice E. Grady Elementary School and Carl L. Dixson Primary School. Those improvements included repairs and paintings at various parts of the school buildings, as well as new sidewalks, walkways and walls.

Deleon found another change.

“They put TVs in the cafeteria" he said. "I guess for educational purposes.”

Deleon, who lives in Elmsford, called the back-to-school day “tiring but exciting at the same time,” and said he plans to study medicine but doesn’t know what college he wants to attend.

Juan Pablo Arias, 11, who is in the sixth grade at Grady, could also point out one of the school's improvements.

“They painted the lunch room ceiling,” he said.

Then he showed that not all changes in the district were made with paint and concrete.

“There is a new principal,” he said.

Elsa Kortright-Torres, who used to be an assistant principal in Tarrytown, took over the lead position at Grady Elementary. Kortright-Torres also spoke at the board meeting last Wednesday and at the parent reception that followed.

During the reception, school and village officials welcomed parents and students to a new school year, in particular those who are new to the district.

One of those was Gladys Morales, who came from Peru to Elmsford only 8 months ago and whose daughter Valentina, 4, will attend the pre-kindergarten.

Morales said the district made a good impression on her and that she is happy to have her daughter there.

“I am confident that she will be fine,” she said in Spanish, adding that she plans to attend all school meetings.

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