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School may house Keene Valley mail service

The school was expected to submit its CPU application by the June 15 deadline. There were "still a lot of hoops to jump through," Ford-Johnston said, noting that submitting the application did not necessarily mean it would be approved.

Were the application approved, it was her understanding, that the school would then have to enter into a negotiation process with the USPS. She said she had no idea when the school might hear back as to whether the application was to accepted or when the CPU might be up and running at KCS.

In the meantime, Keene Valley residents are still picking up their mail at the Keene post office.

Setting up a CPU

The CPU would be housed at the school's Room 111. Bernard Webb, a local retired architect, has drawn a sketch plan of what the facility would look like.

Keene Community Trust has offered to raise funds for costs incurred in setting up the facility. The operation of the CPU would, in large part, be covered by revenue generated from the sale of postal products, such as stamps and certified mail.

The school is applying to be the CPU contractor. A subcontractor will be responsible for the day-to-day operations.

A number of people have expressed interests in being CPU subcontractors, but Jordan would not yet divulge their names.

"This is not a money-making operation for anybody," Jordan said.

USPS limits revenues paid to the contractor, and in this case, the subcontractor, to 8-12 percent of window sales.

"That's not a lot of money," Jordan said.

The CPU would have no impact on the school budget or taxpayers. All start-up costs would be paid through private fundraising.

The subcontractor would get all the revenues and not pay rent. The school would pay the costs of heating and lighting the space. Thesecosts would not be passed onto the subcontractor.

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