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Former Oswego County elementary school to become NY forest ranger academy

CLEVELAND, N.Y. (AP) — A former elementary school in Oswego County 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 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.

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