Three Geese Management Firms Will Be Hired (VIDEO)

Clarkstown District will retain three separate companies for geese control on the middle and high school campuses.


Clarkstown Board of Education members agreed to hire three different firms on a trial basis for managing the influx of geese on the Felix Festa Middle School, Clarkstown North and Clarkstown South high school grounds.  The original proposal before the board called for hiring one firm for all three campuses, but the board decided to move on the recommendation to retain three different firms.

Fair Game Goose Management Service, Inc. of Congers will be hired to work on alleviating the geese problem at North High School.  Clarkstown Assistant Superintendent for Business John LaNave said the district received information from other geese management firms and will select two for geese control on the other campuses. He said future plans include geese management programs for the elementary schools.  

LaNave said the geese removal firms should begin work in a few days. The district will spend $4,680 for an eight-week program. He said it would require an ongoing financial commitment. 

“A 12-week program in the spring and a 12-week program in the fall seems to do the trick,” said LaNave. “It’s the kind of thing like a utility bill you have got to put it into your budget and you know you’ve got to do it regularly.”

The Clarkstown North PTSA approached the board in August and asked that action be taken to reduce the number of geese on the school grounds and fields. 

Boardwatcher September 28, 2012 at 02:19 PM
It is so refreshing to see that we finally have a board that can get along and get things done. There is only one more bull in the china shop to get rid of.
Robin Traum September 28, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Susan The firms that the district is considering use a humane approach to removing the geese and chasing them away from the school property. Robin
Jonathan Swift September 28, 2012 at 02:55 PM
Amen to that, Boardwatcher. What we are witnessing is a board that is clearly focused and led by a REAL President who has no ulterior motives. Past board presidents could learn a lot by watching Joe Malgieri in action. He is exactly what we needed to stop the madness of the past.
John Gromada September 29, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Geese could be a ready source of local sustainable meat. What's wrong with that? The amount of Canadian Geese in the area is a serious problem, caused by the unnatural proliferation of giant lawns and grassy fields. The geese are displacing (or have already displaced) indigenous waterfowl on our lakes and rivers. And their feces are a health problem. Our children are literally playing in s@*t. This is not just an inconvenience. Another good source of local meat is the deer herd in Upper Nyack which seems to be swelling in size...
Board Reviewer October 04, 2012 at 05:04 PM
I think it's the new superintendent that's the real star. Bravo to the prior board for making this happen. You are the real heros! Tom is exactly what we needed to stop the madness of the past.


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