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Old 09-09-2007, 11:09 AM
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We're thinking about moving from NYC to Beacon. We have been up there recently and are excited about the positive changes we've seen (cute shops, The Dia: Beacon Museum, beautiful parks, etc.) we are concerned though about the school system and the prisons in the area. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 09-09-2007, 03:44 PM
Location: Albany area
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Jusy my two cents. Was offered a position at the big prison in Beacon a few months back...Downstate C.F. I asked one of the secretaries I met her opinion about the schools in Beacon...she said she wouldn't send her kids to Beacon schools. I didn't do any research into them because I wasn't really interested in the job, but her comments were enough to raise a red flag for me. Don't have any first-hand info though.
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Old 09-10-2007, 04:03 PM
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Have you checked out GreatSchools.net ?
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Old 09-25-2007, 01:54 PM
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I attended the schools in Beacon and now my kids do. I worked in different school districts. You will not find any where in this county a more diverse, caring and dedicated staff. Kids will be kids no matter where they are. It's the expectations of the adults that makes the difference. I give the Beacon City Schools a thumbs up!
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Old 09-25-2007, 08:56 PM
Location: Yorktown Heights NY
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I like Beacon, but for about the same price you can get a nice house in Peekskill, which seems to offer pretty much everything Beacon does but a lot closer to the city. Granted, Peekskill doesn't have Dia Beacon (which I love), but it does have many galleries and the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art (HVCCA: Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art). Just a thought.
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Old 09-26-2007, 10:01 AM
Location: York, SC
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I grew up in Beacon and am a product of the school system. As another poster said, kids will be kids. It may not be the best in the area (I think Arlington is) but it could be worse. Beacon has come a long way. I've seen it go from good to bad to back to good again.
I would choose Beacon over Peekskill anyday anytime. Peekskill's crime is higher and not really as nice of a city IMO.
As for living by prison's, again, I lived in Beacon for 41 years and it was never an issue. I know people who live directly across the street from Downstate and don't have any problems. Beacon's new High school is very close to Fishkill Correctional and there have been no issues with that either.

Beacon is a great place!! I'm proud to have lived there. (only moved to get away from the cold).

Good luck to you!!
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