Highgate, New York — The students are heading to the gym, the students are in class and the students on the playground are out playing.
The high school at the corner of South Main and Main Streets in Highgate is in a state of crisis.
A school district that was founded in 1876 and is home to the majority of the students in the town of about 500 residents has lost over 30 percent of its students since last year.
The district was founded by two men from the same generation: Edward J. Hannon and John J. “Skip” Lander.
They had a partnership and in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the two men made millions of dollars.
But the partnership was broken in 2006 when the Lander brothers were charged with money laundering, fraud and other offenses, and they were arrested.
The Hannon brothers were acquitted in a separate corruption trial.
A year later, they sued the state for $30 billion and won.
The lawsuit was dismissed.
Since then, the state has failed to pay hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars in settlements, a fact that the two brothers did not dispute.
But in 2018, the school district announced it was in trouble again.
The new district was supposed to be a destination for the Hannon twins.
The new district would have been located in the same town as the old Highgate School, and it would have attracted the same teachers and students.
The old school was shut down in 2003 and its buildings were demolished, leaving the new school in its place.
The Highgate students would have received a new, renovated Highgate High School.
In June 2018, however, the district announced a plan to reopen the old school and replace it with a new school on the site of the old one.
The state then sued Highgate in federal court to stop the new Highgate building.
The suit claims that the district is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by requiring all teachers and administrators to be on the autism spectrum.
The two-year lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
The district’s attorneys say that the Highgate lawsuit is not frivolous and that they have not been unable to convince the court that the Hansons’ plan is feasible.
In September 2018, Judge Michael T. Sullivan ruled in favor of the Highgates.
Sullivan ordered that Highgate reopen, and he ordered the Highs to pay $100 million in damages.
The school district has yet to comply with the order, however.
The Highgate District Court is scheduled to consider the case on Wednesday.