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Area Schools Closed Again Friday

Students in Wanagh, Seaford and Levittown districts to miss classes for fifth straight day Friday following damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.

Wantagh, Seaford and Levittown district officials announced Thursday that schools will be closed Friday for a fifth straight day following damage suffered by Superstorm Sandy.

The school closings Friday will mean students in the Wantagh, Seaford and Levittown districts will have been out of classes for an entire week. Both the Wantagh and Seaford superintendents expressed hope that schools will be able to reopen Monday if power is restored. As of mid Thursday afternoon, the Long Island Power Authority was reporting more than 12,000 outages in the Wantagh-Seaford area.

Seaford Superintendent of Schools Brian Conboy said that in addition to problems powering the school buildings, the district’s website has also been down making communication a challenge. He also emphasized that districts are concerned about running buses with few traffic signals working.

Goldberg said that in addition to school being closed Friday, all previously scheduled athletic games and practices this weekend have been cancelled. The SAT that was to be offered in Wantagh Saturday is also postponed pending notification from the College Board. 

“It is my hope that within the next few days power will return, however, LIPA is still unable to predict when our electricity will be restored,” said Wantagh Acting Superintendent Maureen Goldberg in a message addressed to district parents. “Please know that I will regularly communicate with you as we all continue to deal with the aftermath of this unprecedented storm.”


Maddie's momma November 02, 2012 at 03:35 PM
just got a message from SD. Systems for communication are up and running again. All schools are structurally ok. Power at all except Harbor. Re: re-opening, considerations include gas, lack of traffic signals, road conditions in Harbor area. Said they will continue to provide info as well as contingency plan for Habor kids.
DiverDown November 02, 2012 at 05:38 PM
As usual, hindsight is 20-20. I can only imagine the outcry if any of the recent school budget proposals had included the several thousand dollars that would have been required for one of those permanantly installed, automatic, natural gas generators... "What do they need that for? After all, when was the last time the school had any kind of long-term power outage?" "What a waste of money for something they might need once in a generation. They must go looking for ways to waste money" Don't even try telling me I'm way off base.
Fred Sanford November 02, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Lorraine, I give you credit for your unbelievable tenacity on these blogs for such a long time. Your messages are generally on point and no exception here. Most of us are afraid to speak out because we fear retribution for our children by the administration. This is a union machine. Conboy is already hedging on school next week even though the schools are powered. Traffic lights and gas are his extreme barriers to success as if mankind has been at the mercy of these things for thousands of years. Yet football is ok. This Administration is listless, excuses are what they do best. They see problems as things to be avoided through passivity instead of met head on. They sat on their butts for years on the Seaford Avenue and watch an entire real estate cycle pas them by and now getting a fraction of what they would have only 4 years ago. There is no true leadership, just highly paid bureaucrats getting full time pay for part time jobs. Just letting victimization rule the day and never big or bold decisions. Its very sad for the kids and if ever get true leadership in higher places, a voucher system would have everyone running to the private education sector where they do so much more for so much less...and don't even complain... I give you credit for staying after it, it seems like a pretty big machine to be fighting. I'm glad people like you have the patience and fortitude to keep up the fight.
Lorraine DeVita November 02, 2012 at 06:00 PM
@ diver down, with the current mentality , i agree, however, this district needs to be proactive, as you know in any business there is always a disaster recovery plan with contingecies and redundancies and while most are hardly ever used it is common sense to BE PREPAREd then to have regrets and hindsight. There are several steps that could have been undertaken to avoid some issues, ONE was to call the Telecom Vendor and seek alternatives including local & Ld carrier services in the short haul. . Also most telecom vendors will make an assesment and offer other viable options if asked. As well all local employees should have been called in on saturday and backed up EVERY drive to preserve data. As well all equipment should have been unplugged, Shall i go on. These are ALL precautionary common steps that most businesses have developed step by step. Hind sight is one thing. Common sense to protect your assets and being able to communicate are another.
Lorraine DeVita November 02, 2012 at 06:17 PM
@ Fred, TY- and your right many dont speak out because they are afraid and rightly so of retribution, others do not really grasp the concept that having a voice can make a difference. My problem with this district is one of COMMON SENSE & logic or lack there of. While we have MANY well educated people employed in this district we seem to suffer greatly from a LACK of people with common sense and logic. Which unfortunately effects not only our escalating taxes but our students education as well. Whats more troubling, it is NOT only in Seaford (although at times it seems we are at the top of the DUH list ) This is pandemic across all lines of public education. Highly educated but absolutely no knowledge(clue) on running as a friend says 'LEAN". which is broadly based on the very simple principals of common sense and logic. Fred one thing my husband says i do better then anyone else on this planet I am a relentless NAG and do not suffer fools lightly.


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