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Seaford Schools Community Praised for Work After Superstorm Sandy

District leaders thank those who helped get schools back up and running following storm at Thursday night's board of education meeting.

During Seaford’s first board of education meeting Thursday night since Superstorm Sandy struck in late October, district leaders praised the work of its faculty, parents, students and community organizations for their hard work getting schools back in session following the epic natural disaster.

The re-opening of Seaford’s schools began a week after the Oct. 29 storm with students from the then powerless Seaford Harbor School being moved to Seaford Manor School before returning to full operation on Nov. 13. Superintendent Brian Conboy said during Thursday’s school board meeting that parents, staff and students from both elementary schools handled the temporary merger well and he received great feedback in the days following.

“I don’ think I ever could have envisioned the situation that we’ve been in the last 18 or so days,” said Conboy during his administrative report at Thursday’s night’s school board meeting held at Seaford Harbor School. “We were in it together and we survived it together and we will continue to move forward together.”

John Striffolino, Seaford’s assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and personnel, explained how teachers from both elementary schools worked tirelessly leading up to the re-opening by making name tags for all students.

“It was an amazing site to see with the cooperation of everyone pitching in,” Striffolino said. “I am very proud to be a part of this community.”

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Brian Fagan, president of the Seaford Board o Education, also applauded the efforts of everyone involved in the aftermath of the storm including those who helped the trustees set up a warming center in the high school during the weekend of Nov. 2-3. Fagan said while the process of getting schools back into operation went smooth, the district’s emergency procedures will be discussed next month to see if there are ways to enhance them in future storms.

Seaford Interim Assistant Superintendent for Business Alan Phillips said he met with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Thursday about efforts to get the district money for any storm-related funds.

“As we begin to rebuild our lives and our homes, we will never forget how the community came together as one and helped each other,” said Seaford Harbor School PTA President Deanine Nagengast in a prepared statement during Thursday’s school board meeting. “The outpouring of support is nothing short of an outstanding effort by all. We are so proud to a part of a wonderful caring community such as Seaford.” 

Off to Work November 20, 2012 at 12:08 PM
UPDATED INFO re: School Make-up dates- New York City Schools WILL BE OPEN Tue thru Fri of Presidents Week, leaving just the National Holiday (Monday) off. Seems reasonable to me. That means 55 THOUSAND Teachers will work. One million kids will learn. Seaford and Wantagh decisions relative to this tax payer and educational issue are????????
Lorraine DeVita November 20, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I find it slightly ironic and very telling that the Director of BOCES is MORE concerned about and has cited the economic impact on the ski slopes/resorts if vacations are cancelled. Such is the bizzare mentality of the educational leaders in the state of NY.Does he also not realize that many parents on LI will not have the money to GO skiing or sunning in the caribbean because of the financial strain Sandy has placed on many people.
Lorraine DeVita November 24, 2012 at 01:48 PM
ON another note: 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.
Tom November 26, 2012 at 10:32 PM
............Im still awaiting the Boards decision relative to the five lost school days and loss of tax payed for education and salaries..................I know we have no right to these matters........
Lorraine DeVita November 27, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Tom, Good luck on that one I hope you arent holding your breath!

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