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Letter to the Editor: Painters Are Covering Up the Problems at Greenacres While Kids Are In School

GAPaint1This letter about the Greenacres School was sent to Scarsdale10583 by Andy Taylor of Walworth Avenue: I have now written and spoken several times to the school board. There is a school board meeting on Monday night that I won't be able to attend and there are rumors that the board is going to continue to punt on making a decision on Greenacres, even after all this time. It is because of this that I write this letter. Importantly, I'm not only speaking on behalf of my family, but a number of other Scarsdale residents (not exclusively Greenacres) who agree with my point of view.

None of these core issues have been addressed during the "pause", so rather than rehash these issues, I copied them below. I write to point out a few things occurring recently at Greenacres.

Below are pictures taken in the last couple of weeks and again today. As you can see below, facilities workers are covering up one of the issues that regularly comes up at such an antiquated facility. Despite a roof that has had its "life extended", the darnedest thing keeps happening. GAleaksWater leaks from the roof, down through the walls, bubbles up paint, and in this case, paint was scraped off and an ongoing attempt to resurface the walls. This opened up the subsurface, which was left open while students were and continue to be present. This is just the latest example of what you get with a structure that is way past its useful life. It's challenging to keep up the facility and stuff happens while students are present. It's just the reality. We can make all manner of proclamation, but think of the unknown and the exposures that will assuredly happen during a three year renovation, however perfectly planned. Think of the money that will continue to be poured down the drain over the coming decades, trying to desperately hold on to a relic that is over 100 years-old, in a B1 scenario. I don't know what precautions were taken to keep students away from this, but I didn't observe any barriers. Was there any lead paint GAPaint2testing done prior to opening up the walls? I don't know, but I do know that any refurbishment of that facility provides poor value to Scarsdale and puts an undue burden on the Greenacres community, and takes unnecessary health risks with the kids.

If following the "pause" on the elementary school in Greenacres, we end up with anything that resembles B1, not only will this Greenacres resident vote down the bond to finance that ridiculous project. I speak for a large and continuously growing block of Scarsdale residents who plan to do the same. Further, if the school board doesn't step up and do what is right for the kids, and tries to table Greenacres in favor of other capital projects, this same block is prepared to vote down all bonds and budgets until the board steps up. This is truly unfortunate and completely unnecessary, but the school board to date seems more concerned with politics than with their charge, and the community cannot let apathy trump what is best for the village.

Here are observations from my prior email:

B1 Poses a Greater Risk to Children and Faculty
At the meeting the other night, it was inferred that there was no risk to the children. The idea that regulations alone will ensure child safety is quaint. 1) regulations get broken. Well meaning general contractors aren't enough. Nearly all of this work will end up being partitioned down to various subcontractors for the lowest cost. FACT: cutting corners happen on nearly all commercial construction jobs due to speed and/or cost constraints. FACT: even with the best of intentions, accidents can happen. 2) how does anyone know what they are going to find until they start opening up the ceilings, floors, and walls of this very old structure? Ignoring the high likelihood of costly change orders for a minute, once this is all disturbed the risk of measurements that exceed limits in periods beyond the construction goes up. What are the implications if a breach occurs? What is the safety impact? What is the impact on costs? I've read examples of where school facilities are shutdown for a year or more until things get corrected. Spend 5 minutes online looking up asbestos and schools and you will find out like I did that teachers are over index for mesothelioma (asbetos-related cancer.)

Takeaway 1 - the risk of unintended consequences for B1 greatly outweighs C1.

B1 versus C1 budgets
I contacted an unbiased and uninvolved expert in commercial construction to get his views on the relevant proposals. I had no further relayed the choices (new build versus refurbishment of 100 year old building) when he offered up and I quote, ".... refurbished building will be much more difficult to judge how far over budget it could go." The point is there much greater uncertainty on project execution for B1. Then, unprompted he offered up this, "asbestos abatement contractors are really good at letting costs get out of control." When relayed that $285k was budgeted in the proposal for asbestos abatement, he literally laughed out loud and said well that will go way up.

Takeaway 2 - the certainty of C1 being done on time and on budget is significantly higher than B1.

B1 Construction Logistics
During the presentation the other night it became clear how little thought B1 has given to the day to day running of a school during 3 years of construction. So is the plan to march students outside and across the street and then around the active construction a few times each day for specials and lunch? Through in the rain, cold, snow? What sort of distraction to the kids day will this be? Where will all the wet coats and boots go when coming into the main building for lunch for instance?

Takeaway 3 - B1 is going to create very significant unanticipated distractions and burden on kids and staff who will have to navigate a construction site for a big chunk of their tenure at Greenacres School.

Operating and Maintenance Costs of B1 Exceed C1 and Ignore Useful Lives:
The architect acknowledged that a new sustainable design like C1 will have lower operating and maintenance costs although to my knowledge no one has provided an estimate. This ignores the amortization of the upfront capital costs over the useful life (B1 will have a shorter useful life than C1, adjust the upfront costs accordingly). The commercial expert I referenced above gave me some cost estimates for new efficient construction. With that and the guidance that the architect references in the preliminary evaluation last year and again referenced at the meeting last week, one can roughly estimate the costs. Let me help out with the math. If opex savings are as little as $200k lower per year, that is the equivalent of $4mm in upfront costs.

Takeaway 4 - the BOE needs to identify and include operating expenses, maintenance expenses and useful life to make an economic comparison. When this is done, the perceived gap in upfront costs between B1 and C1 will shrink or likely go negative when considering useful life.

A renovation places an unacceptably high burden on the children and community of Greenacres while STILL coming in short of the model program requirements. C1 saves the green and is the only solution offered that provides value to Scarsdale. Put politics aside. It seems that following the revised C1 proposal, the "Save the Green" crowd has thinned out and now opponents to a new school seem to be solely from those who live on adjacent lots and fiscal hawks who don't want to spend any money on anything. Give the children in Greenacres what they deserve and the residents of Scarsdale the value they require.

Andy Taylor
37 Walworth

Administration Recommends Changes to World Language Instruction in Scarsdale Schools

globeThe results of a much anticipated study of the world language program at all grade levels in the district were presented at the School Board Meeting on Monday November 28th, as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction Lynne Shain presented the findings of the reconvened World Language Committee. The School Board members themselves probed deeply into the Committee's findings, revealing an interesting array of viewpoints among their group. Will community members be pleased with the current recommendations? Some certainly will not, but is there a quieter constituency that will be content to accept or even applaud them? Comments from respondents to the World Language Survey results suggest that possibility.

The recommendations, in brief, are:

  • Maintain current World Language offerings
  • Increase frequency of elementary Spanish to 3 periods in a 6-day cycle (without increasing the total minutes of instruction)
  • Consider offering additional language instruction before or after school sponsored either by the District or the PTA, along the lines of the "Princeton Model"

Maintain Current World Language OfferingsASL

In concluding that the District should simply maintain current World Language offerings, Ms. Shain cited many considerations. Analyzing the surveys sent out last October to Scarsdale parents in different groupings (K-12, 6-11, and rising 6th grade) it was determined that when responding parents were asked about the priority they would give to committing additional finances to expand the World Language program on a sliding scale of 1-100, they were evenly distributed: 48% put it as a less than 50 out of 100, 51% as greater than 50 out of 100. When asked to rank languages they would like to see added to the World Language program in elementary, Mandarin led by a hair with French and "None" nearly tied. The same question applied to middle school produced the ranking Mandarin, None, and Latin, while at the high school level "None" was most favored, followed by the surprising 2nd and 3rd spots of German and American Sign Language (ASL). Students from grades 6-11 similarly queried preferred ASL followed by Italian and German (pages 21-32 in the Report Appendix.)

speak italianIt should be noted here that during the Public Comment period, Mayra Kirkendall-Rogriguez of the Scarsdale Forum Education Committee took sharp exception to this analysis of survey responses, stating: "The scoring methodology is VERY odd. You used a ranking methodology for respondents to vote and then chose not to use a Rank Choice Voting approach to evaluate the results....For example, in the student survey, Mandarin had the most first choices. Mandarin is second only to ASL when you consider second choices, third choices and fourth choices....Among parents the strength of Mandarin preference is even more profound."

Another consideration mentioned by Ms. Shain was the fact that as the Committee surveyed school districts in the Tri-State area that have Mandarin programs, they found that middle school Mandarin enrollment numbers do not necessarily carry over into high school. They lose students during that transition, meaning that the extra years of Mandarin instruction do not necessarily make the difference in student commitment and achievement that would be desired.

Related to that finding, Board member William Natbony picked up on a detail within the report, saying, "One of the things that really struck me....the number of hours in the classroom anticipated in order to reach a proficient standard....575-600 hours for languages such a Spanish/French....and the 2200 hours that seem to be standard for general proficiency in a language like Mandarin. When you're talking about classroom time, teacher time, budgetary constraints....that difference is really significant."

Ms. Shain elaborated: "You're right....We calculated how many hours of instruction. For French or Spanish if you combine four years of high school with three years in middle school you can get there. But for Mandarin you can't get there from here. We still offer it at high school as many students surprise us and get to AT or advanced level within the four years; it's very personal and individual."

Increase Frequency of Elementary Spanish

holaIn proposing a change to elementary Spanish instruction, Ms. Shain stated, "Looking at elementary we concluded the frequency wasn't there." The proposal is that students would continue to receive 80 minutes of instruction in each 6-day cycle. However, rather than two 40-minute classes per cycle, students would attend one 40-minute class focused on cultural and other components, and two other 20-minute classes which would focus entirely on producing the target language.

Board Vice President William Natbony asked for specifics: "You're still dealing with elementary kids, getting settled, getting in and out, you lose time....Is there anything out there that says this change will make a difference?"

Ms. Shain confirmed, "The research that's out there is about frequency....The way we've discussed it with the FLES teachers and principals, we'll preserve the full 20 minutes.....That's one of the things that seems to hold our kids back is they don't have enough opportunities to use the target language....The best that the committee could come up with given all the issues in an elementary day was increase the frequency; we couldn't find a way to increase the minutes."

The "Princeton Model"

As the World Language Committee went about their task of examining other districts' language offerings, one topic which received extra study and consideration was the Princeton, NJ Middle School Mandarin model. In the Princeton Middle School, Mandarin is offered before the regular start of the school day, during a so-called "0" period. Students who take advantage of this offering also study either French or Spanish during the regular school day. If offered by our district, a NYS certified teacher would be required. Could one be found to teach that schedule? Another possibility would be to offer it under PTA sponsorship, making teacher hiring more flexible. Parents would be responsible for transportation, and the early class would meet four days a week to allow one morning to be available for music.

Board Member Chris Morin pushed back as this option was discussed: "It's hard enough to teach Spanish over ten years, and there's not enough demand for Mandarin as a part of the core school day. Now we're talking about adding a course at 7:30 am to teach - more children? - less children? - a language that takes as much as four times as long to learn...?"

Superintendent Dr. Thomas Hagerman replied, "Lynne is trying to be flexible and accommodating, that we have an option in place for those interested. Not necessarily Mandarin; ASL, Italian, German. ASL is very practical and takes much less than 2,200 hours."

Ms. Shain herself did raise a concern about this potential program and its early morning time, "Knowing how tightly scheduled our students are, we're also looking at wellness. How much should students schedule? It's a family decision."

In assessing Ms. Shain's report, and looking ahead, the mood among the Board and Administration seemed cautious. Dr. Hagerman called for more from the Committee: "Let's get more information about what improvement is needed...what are the issues? The FLES program time, instructional pedagogy, personnel? The World Language Committee has more work to do." Board Member Arthur Rublin seemed to favor caution: "There's a lot of merit to focusing on the core program as it exists now and shoring it up before we go to ASL or Italian or Mandarin."

Community Views

Within the World Language Report (available in full through the Board of Education webpage) there are appendices which include every comment sent in response to the October survey. The comments are anonymous and they make fascinating reading.

Some align with the view of the Scarsdale Forum Education Committee with a fervent desire for Mandarin, "key language of the future." Yet if one were to judge only from the comments submitted, a not-insignificant group considers Mandarin "not a priority" or even questions whether "Mandarin can be acquired in this way?"

Some suggest the option of ASL for students with learning differences or speech issues who may not readily acquire other new languages. There are those who favor Latin while some pronounce it "dead." Humanities lovers remind us that German and Italian remain important in history and music.

A significant number echo Mr. Rublin's reminder of the value of focusing on the core program, particularly in elementary grades: "Use the time elsewhere...the teachers would be ecstatic." "The teachers already struggle with finding enough classroom time to teach the basics."

The most expressive respondents by far are those who are furious about elementary Spanish in its current form. From one native Spanish speaker, "The worksheets have spelling and grammar mistakes." "Language prep in elementary is pitiful." "I would rather have my child sit in the library with a book during that hour." "It is really bad, and even the children make fun of it."

The most prescient among us may be those who redefine World Language as "Java, C, C+, C++, C#, Javascript, Python." "Computer languages are now more important....Let's teach our kids how to create that technology and not just consume that technology."

Maroon and White Celebrates Fall Athletes at Lake Isle

fieldhockeyMaroon and White celebrated fall athletes at their annual award dinner on Thursday November 3rd at Lake Isle- and there was much to celebrate! Several teams made it to the sectional semi finals and finals, with the girls' Field Hockey Team headed for the state's in Binghamton. Note the accomplishments of all the athletes and teams below:

Senior Field Hockey Captain Emma Coleman put the highlight of the team's season simply, "winning the section finals". Finishing the regular season 13-1-1, and with a historic season still underway, the Girl's Field Hockey team has a lot to be proud of. The Raiders are now regional and sectional champions, hoping to add state champs to their resume. They will play in the state semifinals at 12:00pm on Saturday, November 12th against Section 3's Baldwinsville.

girlssoccerGirls's Soccer: Finishing 10-3 in the overall season, the Scarsdale Girls Varsity A Soccer team had a memorable year. Senior Captain Haley Rozencwaig noted that her highlight for the season was the second game against formidable opponent John Jay East-Fishkill. "We were winning at first, but then they tied it up. In overtime we came back. This was the first time that we came together as a team, we were all so proud of each other. I think it set a really good note for the rest of our season." Captain Kate Donovan also mentioned that she loved the teams' camaraderie this year, wishing the girls best of luck for next season.

boyssoccerBoys' Soccer: The Boy's Varsity Soccer team had a heart-wrenching end to their season, losing in the section semi-finals by two goals in a penalty shootout. Senior Joey Ballon's highlight for the season was coming back after a four game losing streak in the middle of the year. "We turned it around, and were the best team in the section at one point." Stephen Nadler added, "We were able to come together as a team, play good fútbol, and enjoy ourselves at the end of the season. We have a great group of guys."

CrossCountryCross Country: Senior Fiona Flanagan recognized an early major meet called "Gressler" in White Plains as the teams motivation for their success this season." We all tried really hard, but our girls' team isn't the best in our league. At the end of the meet, [coach] Clark pulls a trophy out of his bag. We won the whole meet, which we did not expect at all. It was a great team moment." Emily Markowitz also mentioned that the Boys team won as well that day, even without the meaningful contributions of decorated Senior Greg Crowley.

girlsswimCaptain Cara McDermott discussed how proud she was of the team this season. "As a team we excelled this season. We came our closest to beating White Plains for the first time ever, and had awesome swims. Jane Glaser emphasized the importance of team cohesiveness for a successful season in such an individual sport. "While we didn't win a lot of meets, as a team our greatest accomplishment was our camaraderie, great energy, and supportiveness throughout the meets." Tanvi Pabby and Sydney Vleck made the Section One state team, Tanvi for the 100m butterfly and 200m IM, Sydney for the 100m breast.

tennisGirls' Tennis: Seniors Haley Sontag and Gabi Schott recognized their multiple tie breakers as the highlights of the season. "We won a lot of sets, and lost a few. It was a learning experience. We all grew stronger together". Captain Sam Lieberman also enjoyed getting to know the underclassmen and helping them improve their skills. Finally, the seniors noted how sad it will be not being able to play again next season. "We just love the tennis team".

volleyballVolleyball: Boys: Making it to the section semi finals, an unusual feat for a new team and program, was Corey Waldman's favorite part of the Boys Volleyball team's season. Tyler Brody mentioned, "We worked really hard, and its great to be recognized as section semi finalists". Although in a section with only 4 teams, the boys were excited to be able to garner this playoff experience.

Girls: Senior Jessica Waldman is most proud of how close the Girl's Volleyball Team got this season. "In the beginning the team was new, with a lot of new members. At the end of the season we were definitely one cohesive unit and are all really close friends at this point". Even though being knocked out by North Rockland in the Section Semi Finals was hard for the team, the Raiders finish the season 25-15-6 sets and leave proud of their accomplishments.

cheerleadersCheerleaders: Senior Mary Kate Filos noted that the fall marks the beginning to the Scarsdale Cheerleading season. The squad is looking forward to what the rest of the competition season brings, hoping to make it to Nationals this season.

footballThe Raiders Football team had a memorable season, making it to the section finals against New Rochelle.

Text by Emmeline Berridge, Photos by Sarah Abbe.

Raiders Gear: raideresfleece

Place your order for Raiders gear from the Fall Maroon and White Apparel Store before the deadline on Sunday November 13th.

This is your opportunity to purchase Scarsdale apparel and show your Raider pride.

There is a large assortment of amazing Raider gear. All orders will ship on or about December 10, 2016 to your individual homes.
Sizes available in Youth, Men's and Women's.

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Thank you for visiting the Raider store and supporting Maroon & White.

 

School Board Accepts $1.4mm Gift from Education Foundation and Approves Bids for District-Wide Construction Projects

FoundationConstruction at four of the seven district schools will move forward due to a large gift from the Scarsdale Schools Foundation and the acceptance of construction bids by the Scarsdale School Board at their meeting on Monday night 11-14.

Voters approved an $18.2 mm bond in December 14 to update, repurpose and expand district schools, and it has taken almost two years to secure the funds and bids to make this work a reality.

Two years ago, the newly formed Scarsdale Schools Education Foundation pledged to raise funds to build a design lab and a fitness center at the high school, and at Monday's meeting they presented the first installment of that gift. The foundation provided the district with $1,461,900 in funds and a promissory note of $791,484 to cover the cost of these two construction projects. The funds from the note will be delivered in three installments of $263,828 each on June 30, 2017, December 31, 2017 and June 30, 2018. The board of the foundation says that most of these funds have already been pledged and they feel confident that they will be able to deliver the monies as promised. In order to begin work on these two projects at the high school, the school board needed the funds or a promissory note in hand. The school district had set aside and additional $500,000 for the fitness center in a prior budget and the Madoff family will contribute the fitness center equipment.

Construction on these two projects is expected to begin shortly, with completion planned before the opening of school next year.

Announcing the gift, Foundation President Mark Bezos said, "This is a very proud evening for the Scarsdale Schools Education Foundation. We are pleased to be presenting our check for $1.46 million as the first installment of our support for the construction of a new Design Lab and Fitness Center at Scarsdale High School. We are excited about the educational value of these projects and the positive impact they will soon have on our high school program. We are very impressed by the curricula and other preparations the administration has made for their opening by the start of the new school year. We are especially thrilled by the rising expectations among hundreds of students who are excited about what the D-Lab and Fitness Center will offer – and we are happy to imagine the impact on younger students, still now in elementary school, who will benefit in ways they cannot yet imagine. We are also making a commitment tonight to the Board of Education to pay the remaining costs of construction, fees and equipment – with an additional $800,000 over the next 18 months. With the energy and enthusiasm these projects are generating, and with hundreds of Scarsdale families already on board, we are confident about making this commitment so as not to delay the delivery of these projects to the teachers and students who will benefit. This has been a very intense effort over the past two years – building on the work of our founding members who launched this foundation nearly six years ago. Many of those founders are now empty-nesters, but we are building on what they launched in 2010 in response to the Board of Education's request to find new sources of funding to ensure that our schools remain on the cutting edge of public education nationwide."

Assistant Superintendent Stuart Mattey recommended that the Board move forward with the work as he believes the construction bids are as low as they will ever be, and that if the Board delayed the cost of these projects would go up. In a discussion about accepting the gift, the majority of the board favored it, understanding the promissory note did pose a potential risk. Board member Art Rublin had reservations about the promissory note, saying, "I am not comfortable accepting the cash and the promissory note. The proposal does not provide sufficient comfort. I hope they will produce the funds on the schedule, but we need absolute certainty. Collecting on pledges is by no means easy. Charitable giving may be affected by the election. We need the cash in hand."

Ultimately the board voted 6-1 to accept the gift.

Mattey then reviewed the bids for the balance of the work which includes:

Heathcote Elementary School: New multi-purpose room and lunch area
Edgewood Elementary School: replace and renovate the library, relocate the office, construct a new portico at the entrance
Scarsdale Middle School: Add additional orchestra rehearsal and storage to northeast corner of Middle School; renovate former custodial offices to create new instructional music space.
Scarsdale High School: Renovate existing space in and around gyms A/B to create a Learning Commons

A district-wide technology update and a new roof for Quaker Ridge had also been authorized in the bond but they were completed this year using surplus funds from 2015/16 budget. Work on the high school auditorium and the middle school music room will be done using the capitol improvements funds in the 2016/17 school budget.

Even with the exclusion of these two projects, the bids came in 13% higher than estimated but the Board believes they can use the fund balance to pay the difference.

The administration recommended that the board approve these bids as this was the second round of bidding and the prices were considerable more favorable than first round which came in 30% above estimates and were rejected. Mattey said the district reached out to contractors in our area as well as Long Island, Putnam and Duchess Counties, did value engineering and packaged the projects together. He said that waiting would result in increased costs.

The Board approved the bids unanimously. Work will begin at the high school soon and at the elementary schools in the summer so that students will be out of the school for the beginning of the construction. See more about the construction bids here.

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Greenacres: Taking the School off the Agenda Does Not Make the Problem Go Away

Time-is-nowNow that I have had a chance to take a pause and reflect on the discussion about the future of Greenacres School, the path to the future and the framework for making the decision seem clearer than ever.

It seems to me that if the Board of Education and the Administration consider just the following three questions, the answers will put them on the road to resolving the issues and moving forward.

Here are the three questions to ponder:

First: Since the school is inadequate, should Scarsdale re-district and bus Greenacres kids elsewhere in the district?

Second: Should the new or renovated school meet model standards for classroom sizes and overall square footage per child?

Third: If a renovation of the existing school will take three years, is it fair, safe or reasonable to expect young children to attend a school that's a construction zone for three years?

Let's take these questions one at a time and discuss the merits of each.

Is re-districting the answer?

I have heard some suggest that the district close Greenacres all together and disperse these 400 odd children to other elementary schools or bus them to Quaker Ridge where a large, multi-floored school could be built. To me, this solution would create more problems than it solves. As far as I know, there are not 18 available classrooms in other parts of the district, so this answer would require construction and disruption elsewhere. Furthermore, Greenacres parents moved here for a neighborhood school and the community was built around five neighborhood elementary schools that feed into a central middle school and high school. I don't believe this concept is negotiable.

Others have suggested that the fifth graders be sent to the middle school, one year earlier. Again, it does not appear that the middle school and the current house system could accommodate four, rather than three grades of children.

For all these reasons, re-districting Greenacres kids does not appear to be the answer.

Should the renovated or new school meet model standards?

Again, there is really no debating this one. If the district is going to invest in a 21st century school, it should definitely meet current requirements, which includes adequate space for the students. Who moved to Scarsdale for undersized and inadequate schools?

Greenacres currently has 78 square feet of usable space per student as compared to an average of 105 square feet per student at the other four elementary schools, meaning it has 26% less overall usable space than other schools. According to architects KG&D, the optimal classroom size is 950 square feet for kindergartners, with 43 square feet of space per student for classes of 22 students. Classrooms for kids in grades 1 thru 5 should be 850 square feet.

Under the Greenacres B1 renovation plan, six new classrooms would be built that meet model standards, but the other classrooms, including those for the youngest children would remain way below current standards. The school would still have no real cafeteria or auditorium and the gym would remain in original 1914 condition, minus the large windows that would be covered up by the new classrooms.

Therefore, since we can't build a school that meets the model standards through a renovation, that option should be off the table.

Is it reasonable to ask young children to attend a school under renovation for three years?

Again the answer seems obvious to me. Why, as a potential homeowner, would I move my young family to Greenacres to have one, two or even three children live through a three-year renovation at their school? Some parents have environmental concerns, which are reasonable given the school's history of poor air quality and a wet basement, in addition to the risks of tearing out sections of a building that is over 100 years old. Others are simply concerned that their kids won't be able to concentrate given the noise and distraction. Last, kids would need to be rotated around the school depending on the staging of the work, which is far from an optimal experience. One woman already reported that she was having trouble selling her house in Greenacres due to fears about a potential three-year school renovation.

Given all the above, it seems clear to me that the district needs to build a new school across the street and keep the kids in the old school until the work is done. There is no other way.

While we wait, the kids are crowded, there's no room for specials, lunch is served in three periods and the facility remains subpar when compared to the environments at other district elementary schools.

There's no longer a reason to wait and see. Taking the matter off the agenda doesn't make the problems go away. With $60 million in debt expiring in May 2017, the Board and the Administration have a responsibility to fulfill the promise they made to the community to "deal with Greenacres" in a Spring 2017 bond resolution to fund a new school. Don't delay ... don't take polls ... consider the facts and move forward.

JoanneWallenstein(This is an opion piece from Scarsdale10583 site founder Joanne Wallenstein)

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