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Seaford Superintendent Addresses Community About Storm Impact

Brian Conboy provides update on how district was impacted by Superstorm Sandy and when schools may reopen.

The following is a message Seaford Superintendent of Schools Brian Conboy addressed to the district Friday.

- Hello Seaford Community. This is Superintendent Brian Conboy. First, it is our sincere hope that your family is safe. We know the American Red Cross is supplying meals out of Cedar Creek Park for those in need. 

Technical issues suffered after the storm prevented us from keeping in regular contact with you.  We believe these issues are now resolved so that you can get up to date information from the website. We will continue to update News 12 and the Wantagh-Seaford Patch as information becomes available.

The current status of the school district is as follows:  The High School, Middle School and Manor School all have power.  The Harbor School does not.  All buildings are in good shape and did not suffer any discernable storm damage; however there are several impassable roads south of Merrick Road and traffic signals that are not functioning making safe transportation a serious issue.  The availability of gasoline is also a great concern. 

It is our hope that power will be restored at Harbor sometime this weekend.  We will update you with additional messages this weekend about the opening of school and contingency plans for Harbor School children if power remains out for an extended period. 

Thank you for spreading this news to Seaford residents that may be displaced or unable to communicate. 

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Brian Conboy

Seaford Superintendent of Schools

Theo November 03, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Hmmm, yeah, I really don't see anything in my post that says "school is a complete waste of time." However, I do see another reply that is "divisive, negative and unproductive."
Fred Sanford November 03, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Sorry that this thread deteriorated to some degree, but we'll see what the decision for Monday will be soon enough. Obviously people dealing with a lot of things right now and just getting back to some normalcy is a big step which includes school. I know the kids are anxious to get back to school and see their friends.
Tala Costanzo November 03, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Where is our compassion for one another? As I read through these posts my heart sank for the disrepect we so easily succumb to...We, you ,I and they are no different. We have all been directly or indirectly impacted by this Storm Hurricane Sandy. Lives have been lost & our fellow human beings have been torn apart by fire, floods, devastation only one can fathom if dealing amongst it. If they decide to open the School for the highiest Saftey & concern of all envolved then so be it. Parents will have their own right to send their child if their parenting skills deem it appropiate and convient through saftey of their children. Haven't we learned anything as a community , as a collective... My child sitting in a classroom learning from his/her teacher is all well and good and I do praise the educators! On the other hand my child will learn something that is not always taught hands on in those classrooms- how demontarting their unselfish, unrestricted, loving compassion for another through tradegy by seeing, feeling and being there for their fellow students in need, for their parents in need, for their community in need... School opens great!!! School's dont open- whats another week- use that time from your inherited open hearts through assisting by helping one another..Love & Light & Healing to you all~~Talla~~
GreenAndWhite November 03, 2012 at 05:28 PM
....Wow. Just--wow.
Lorraine DeVita November 24, 2012 at 01:59 PM
While Sandy has been a Major issue in Seaford from which many are still affected , we have another MAJOR ISSUE looming before us - The sale of the Seaford Ave. School slated for a referendum vote in a few days. I Hope MANY realize that the SALE of this school is something we need to take very seriously. In light of what happened with the storm are we truly ready to sell a buidling that could have been utilized as a relief center, a viable alternative school option etc. Yes it is an expensive propostion to restore but no more so then the field of dreams investment. Are we going to sell an asset to a developer just to get rid of it for a lousy 5 mil in 2 years and 500k per year in tax revenue or are we as a community going to look long term and possibly realize that somewhere down the road we may need this building in the future and be proactive in looking at ways to refurbish it . I for one would rather see a combination of options a compormise so to speak.. Sell PART of the property to a single family home developer and utilize those funds to revitalize and refurbish the school for future use. Please vote NO to allow this community the time to heal from Sandy and look for more family freindly community friendly alternatives that will serve this community in the best possible way now and in the future.

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