The Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, a Orthodox day school serving children in grades one through eight at 530 W. Broadway, has bid $9.2 million on the Number Six School in Woodmere, one of two proposals for the property, including a Jewish Community Center, at $9.1 million, and a developer.
According to Lawrence Board of Education Trustee Rabbi Nahum Marcus, the Plainview-based Greiner-Maltz Real Estate, the commercial broker trying to sell the property at 523 Church Ave. in Woodmere, told the school board minutes before a meeting in March that HALB’s bid was received, the Nassau Herald reports. Marcus, who questions how the sale of the school has been conducted, said:
“I asked how long the JCC’s bid had been sitting there and the response was 45 days. It seems very funny that 45 minutes before our meeting HALB’s bid comes in higher. Something’s not kosher. Either a board member called them, the broker called them or they’re damn lucky and I don’t believe that they’re damn lucky. I’m not saying anyone did anything but I do have my suspicions.”
Dr. David Sussman, a Lawrence trustee, said that Marcus’s position was completely incorrect.
The principle at HALB was unavailable for comment Tuesday morning.
HALB has two high schools in the Five Towns: David Renov Stahler High School for Boys in Woodmere and Stella Kay Abraham High School for Girls in Hewlett Bay Park.