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Superintendent Seeks Input at Meetings on Repurposed Schools

David Weiss to speak at East School PTA meetings Monday and Wednesday.

East School, 456 Neptune Blvd. in Long Beach. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
East School, 456 Neptune Blvd. in Long Beach. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)

David Weiss, superintendent of Long Beach School District, will speak on various proposals to repurpose the district’s schools at a PTA meeting at East School on Monday.  

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At the meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the school at 456 Neptune Blvd., Weiss will present the proposals that were deemed the most educationally viable in a report of the Facilities Utilization Study Group, which were present to the Board of Education at meetings in November and December, and he will listen to input from parents. 

The four proposals currently on the table are as follows: 

Option B detailed the repurposing of East School as an administration building, without any change in grade configurations at the other three elementary schools.

Option C involved reconfiguring Lido School as an early learning center for pre-K through first grade. Under this plan, East, West and Lindell schools would serve grades two through five.

Option D called for reconfiguring Lido, East and West schools to serve pre-K through grade two. Under this plan, Lindell would serve as an intermediate school for all students in grades three to five and administration offices would be housed at Lido School.

Option E called for the repurposing of East School as an administration building, while reconfiguring Lido and West schools as primary schools serving pre-K through grade two. Under this plan, Lindell would serve as an intermediate school serving all students in grades three to five.

“This is a PTA meeting, not an open meeting,” Weiss told Patch about Monday’s meeting. “There will be an open board of education meeting on Tuesday and a forum on the issue next Tuesday. I am soliciting thoughts and comments from the parents.”

Weiss will also make a presentation of the four options at the board meeting at Middle School on Tuesday, starting at 7:30 p.m., in which he will also speak about projected staffing, costs, transportation details and transition plans for each option, and during at an East School PTA meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

“Please make every effort to attend at least one of these meetings,” reads an announcement about the Monday and Wednesday meetings on East School PTA website. “Decisions that the Board of Education are going to have an impact on your child, other children of the community and the future of our district. These decision may also impact class size and home values.”

The board will hold a community forum to gather further input on the proposals on Jan. 21.
paul.d.spellman January 13, 2014 at 03:45 PM
Mr Kellard, Would it be possible to followup with Mr Weiss regarding his statement “This is a PTA meeting, not an open meeting,”. How can our public school host a meeting that is not an "open meeting" According to the District's facility policy found here: http://lbeach.org/district/use_of_school_facilities_form_and_policy And more importantly NYS Education Law Section 414 "such meetings, entertainment and uses shall be non-exclusive and shall be open to the general public" It seems Mr Weiss is trying to circumvent the intent of the open meeting law.
Jack January 13, 2014 at 05:24 PM
Yes good thoughts- The meeting will be hosted by a group of wacko/ rabid school mothers who have no concern for the taxpayer. They will be backed up by the leftwing teacher's union who never will accept cuts to the school budget. Obviously Weiss is a card carrying member and therefore wants a closed meeting because they will turn into a bolshiviek strategy meeting on how to screw the 50% ers- the taxpayer
Tina Bayer-Hummel January 13, 2014 at 09:15 PM
The PTA meetings that are scheduled at each are meetings open to the parents and teachers at each one of those schools. The general board meeting and the community forum are open to the general public. This will be the 4th meeting Mr Weiss has attended to explain the options. More people need to attend the public board meetings to find out what is going to happen to our children.
moe January 14, 2014 at 07:13 AM
Hold Weiss and the school board accountable! If they close east then come election day we vote Gallagher and Ryan out! They are both up for reelection this Nov. Tell them to find the funding another way, Devito. Is a sharp guy tell him to sharpen his pencil and find the savings someplace else.
paul.d.spellman January 14, 2014 at 07:50 AM
Ms Bayer-Hummel, While you would like you to believe that those PTA meetings are as you said "open to the parents and teachers at each one of those schools", if you were to ask the BOE or even read the facility policy of the district you would learn that such meetings are required to be non-exclusive and also be open to the general public. While most members of the public could care less about the normal PTA business, when the superintendent is addressing an issue as important as this and for him to portray this meeting as "not an open meeting" smacks in the face of facility policy and state law.
moe January 14, 2014 at 09:02 AM
Listen the net is wiess and the school board want this kept as quite and in the dark as possible because when you pull back the curtain you will see they are making the numbers up and have no basis in fact. They have yet to show anyone the actual dollars or back up on how they are making this decision. Start looking for candidates to run against Ryan and Gallagher come Nov and sweep them out!
paul.d.spellman January 14, 2014 at 09:06 AM
TI, The problem with Long Beach, is that it is mostly comprised of an uniformed electorate. Or they are crazy like a fox. People advocating for candidates to run for the school board in November will be 6 months late since the School Board elections are held in May.
moe January 14, 2014 at 09:11 AM
LoL. Good point! As you can see I have not paid much attention to the school board elections. So in that case we need candidates now who can start campaigning for May! And yes you are right and I have said it before , apathy will be the downfall of this great country especially when you yield control to the loons!
Misty January 14, 2014 at 12:17 PM
People can speculate and make presentations for the ideas they think are the best all day long. Until the actual monetary value of any repurposing of a school building is in writing, there is no merit or value to what is being proposed. The school board has never really been known to be visionaries, so I am reluctant to trust their judgment for any movement. Enrollment may be down now, but it is cyclical and we may have enrollment that returns to "normal" in the next five years. Where, then, do we place those extra students?
DreamGirl January 14, 2014 at 01:32 PM
C.a.v.e. people beware of them. Lmao. I wonder do any of you have kids in school now or ever?

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