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.” 

VL November 16, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Excellent meeting! It was great to see some of the High School students there! :)
Phillip Franco November 17, 2012 at 07:58 AM
Thank you Andrew and The Patch for playing such a key role in keeping residents informed
ReadyFreddy333 November 17, 2012 at 12:39 PM
Agreed! This is where I came for all of my post storm school and community info =] job well done.
Worked During Outage November 17, 2012 at 09:29 PM
YADA YADA YADA.................lets talk about making up the lost school days and gettin our kids and their teachers into school Presidents Week or sooner to make up the missing days of eduction and work..............whats that i hear?????????? Silence????????
VL November 17, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Some people are NEVER happy.
VoReason November 18, 2012 at 03:30 AM
It will happen. I don't know why people are getting so excited about this. Many people were upset that the district was off for veterans day. It just doesn't seem necessary to rush to make up the days or get worked up about the specifics just yet. The state is undoubtedly going to weigh in on the issue, so why not wait to hear what they say and then make the decision? We have several weeks before we need something set in stone. (and just to preempt the negative comments, the teachers have no say as to if and when they days are made up, so don't blame them)
DASHING DAN November 19, 2012 at 12:12 PM
Good Morning Seaford. Yesterdays Newsday already listed three school districts which have already canceled the Presidents Week 5 day vacation in order to make up school. I hear Jericho and Syosset are deciding shortly. Chris can we keep the tax payers updated on this or is that not appropriate? Since we do pay taxes for this. Notice the SAT scores and college acceptance levels at the districts that are doing this. No coincidence my fellow tax payers and parents. Think about that while you go off to work today.
Lorraine DeVita November 19, 2012 at 05:19 PM
During this time of crisis in SEAFORD , NOTHING and I MEAN nothing would or could have have been accomplished without the extrarodinary efforts of Roberta Grogan , George @ the fire house (dont know his last name) the Members of the MS/HS PTSA, all the tireless efforts of the Seaford Fire Department volunteers, Phil Franco and members of the Seaford Harbor Civic Association, The Cambells, The Millers, and Many Many others who dug in and did whatever was necessary even though MANY of them were effected themselves.MANY worked and are still working diligently helping their neighbors with no heat or power themselves, some worked long into the night insuring people were and still are getting the help they need MANY MANY people through out this community pitched in to help. It was and still Is a true community effort to help whom ever needs it . We still have many people who have lost their homes entirely some who will not be able to live in their homes for MONTHS some who have to travel that long arduous process with the insurance ecompanies contractors and Fema some who are still slightly bewildered and groping for help. We have come along way due to the efforts of some extraordinary caring people but we still have a long road in front of us as a community and i hope we do not forget that many still need help now and in the months to come.
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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