Several teens from the Adirondack Community Church's ecumenical youth group made a surprise announcement at the close of the meeting: they're donating $1,700 they had raised for a trip to New York City to St. Agnes to pay for a student's tuition.
"I had an amazing experience here and I don't want that experience to go to waste," said Molly McConnell, who graduated from St. Agnes in 2004.
Anne Bayruns said she was stunned by the news.
"I can't even believe it," she said. "This night just keeps getting better and better. When I heard that they were sitting here tonight supporting us, and they gave up their trip to New York City, to give that money to us? That just shows how generous people are. I could cry and I'm very grateful to them."
Lake Placid School Superintendent Jim Donnelly said before the meeting that the district is ready to assist St. Agnes whatever happens. He said they could absorb the school's population.
"Obviously, there would be some adjusting that would take place, but we hope it doesn't come to that," he said. "It would be a sad day if Lake Placid lost St. Agnes."
Residents are encouraged to contact the school's education and finance committee in the next two weeks with questions, concerns or ideas for bolstering enrollment and fundraising.