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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. 

-

Brian Conboy

Seaford Superintendent of Schools

No Gas Folks November 02, 2012 at 04:43 PM
Hey CHRIS they shut down their website a few days in front of this disaster and we should all just say "NO PROBLEM!".....stay in Wantagh please. As usual the board is a mess
Fred Sanford November 02, 2012 at 05:25 PM
I know its well intentioned, but the hedge on next week is already starting with the comment around traffic lights and gas shortages. That concerns me because it just doesn't demonstrate the kind of mental toughness a strong leader should have. The message should be on point to say, School will be up on Monday, life will be back to normal and we will get through this. Instead its full of hedges and concerns. Open the school, make it happen, kids who show up get an education. Teachers who travel great distances may have to consider a carpool like all of us in the private sector who have been finding a way to work since Tuesday. Sorry Brian, stop the hedges and get it open and keep it open and make up the days. Demonstrate the leadership and set an example of mental toughness and not excuses and self victimization. Lights and gas didn't prevent people from going to work or school for hundreds of years...Are you also going to look at us with a straight face and say you are off for election day too? Please tell us you are making up the days now. Or maybe its just easier to open on Wednesday and take another 2 days off the kids education at our expense. That's the spirit!
BeeKay November 02, 2012 at 05:46 PM
I'm not sure how to respond to this post. The ignorance of some people is sad...actually downright pathetic. Hope everyone is surviving as best possible...reminder, the Red Cross is at Cedar Creek park today serving hot meals/drinks, and is also open to taking in volunteers to assist.
Fred Sanford November 02, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Life goes on BeeKay...that's not ignorance, that's fortitude. Look up Battle of Britain and find out how Londoners responded to 100 straight days of bombing by Nazis. When you are done doing some research, you might understand which one of us is truly ignorant.
Andrew Coen November 02, 2012 at 06:16 PM
@Chris Wendt- This message was provided by Mr. Conboy. We did not receive similar messages from Wantagh and Levittown. As always we update with information on all districts when they are made available. - Andrew Coen Local Editor Wantagh-Seaford Patch
GreenAndWhite November 02, 2012 at 06:33 PM
How is "mental toughness" going to provide gas for the buses or make roads without functioning lights safe to drive on?
Dawn November 02, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Fred Sanford...People have lost their homes and you are concerned about mental toughness and making up school days...that's ignorance. As a mother of 4 children, my concern is their safety, not how many days of school they miss.
Lorraine DeVita November 02, 2012 at 07:31 PM
@ dawn , you are 100% correct your childrens safety and well being should be yours and SD's the primary concern. thats why it is imperative that we get back to normal what ever the NEW normal is going to be for many people. So the concern of the SD SHOULD be that the children are for atleast PART of the day in a safe warm and nurturing evnironment, especially for the younger ones. While we ADULTs can bicker over what could have should have been done or not, we ALL have to remember this storm through a childs eyes could have been VERY scary and the AFTERMATH leaving them feeling VERY insecure and unsettled as they see their parents, their home and their neghborhood devastated. Parents are wrestling with many things emotional and tactile at one time. The SOONER these kids get back to a SAFE and DRY and WARM school, the better for them and one less thing for their parents need to be SO worried about. I THINK thats what Fred was alluding to. The "adventure " many younger ones are seeing this as is going to wear off real quick (if it hasnt already) .. We NEED to get them back into a routine they are familiar with.
DiverDown November 02, 2012 at 07:38 PM
"hundreds of years", eh Fred? Was that without shoes in the snow, uphill both ways? Are you next going to tell us how you killed a grizzly bear with your looseleaf notebook? What are your plans for those kids who are now homeless and living with out of town relatives or in hotels? Do you suggest they just fail because they can't make it to school? And how much "mental toughness" will people need when, God forbid, a school bus or teacher going to school gets t-boned at an intersection by one of the many idiots who have been treating blackened traffic lights as their own personal right-of-way? This isn't "hedging", this is a very reasonable "if conditions permit" attitude with the best interests and safety of our children in mind. Sorry if it offends your macho, chest-beating, damn the torpedos sensibilities.
Kerry Wolfson November 02, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Oh stop the nonsense! School will open when it is safe for the students, as well as staff. This was an unfortunate freak of nature and we need to be in this together. Repeat, TOGETHER. Stop the bickering and second guessing and get out and help someone in need.
Maria November 02, 2012 at 08:52 PM
Kerry-I could not agree with you more! Schools should open when it is safe. Power lines and trees still block the roads here in Seaford. It makes the streets impassable for buses and dangerous for children walking. I still see a tree in a neighbors house! I mean really. Parents are doing what they need to do to shelter their children from this disaster. Sending children to school is not the number one priority of families - getting electric, heat and food are a priority. Having a place to sleep in a dry environment is also a priority. I just wish people would just get out and help those in need instead of complaining.
Fred Sanford November 02, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Sorry victims, I fail to see how sending kids to school is an unsafe activity. But I'm sure more days off in a house flooded and no heat is extremely positive environment for kids to be in. How is a school with full power unsafe? Because there are no traffic lights?? Sure doesn't seem to be stopping the throngs of people I saw at the Sunrise Mall today.. . You can't have it both ways, you can't make a trip to Wendy's and say you can't make it to Seaford HS. I'm not talking about the minority of people who have truly bad hardships. I'm talking about the LARGE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF PEOPLE who had minimal damage and no power. Going to School is the best thing for our kids, not sitting around worrying about the power and the 3 traffic lights that are out in Seaford. And yes its only 3.
Lorraine DeVita November 02, 2012 at 11:29 PM
@ Kerry - I have been out there helping - HAVE YOU? Have you been to the red cross center, have you made and dropped off food to friends in need, opened your doors, let people you barely know charge phones, use your phone and your laptop call their insurance company call relatives send emails or just a hot cup of coffee and shoulder to cry on? if not then Perhpas you should START understanding one thing about me- I dont just shoot my mouth off i put ACTION behind my words and when i can help i do and i dont need to detail the things i have done and will continue to do for anyone that needs help ..and the SCHOOLS ARE the safest place for these kids NOW. If you can drag your kids acround town and go shopping then i would assume that you could drop your kid off at school. There ARE QUITE a few kids walking around those downed trees so weres the parental concern about that? Would they NOT be safer IN school then left to their own devices? With another storm right around the corner. and a large portion of homes south of merrick without heat these kids could atleast be safe and warm ofr a protion of the day. Where is the SEAFORD PRIDE and ORGANIZATIONAL EFFORT in THIS town when other towns are collecting all sorts of items & distributing them. We have MANY MANY people doing something giving and helping But EVEN MORE doing NOTHING .and Certianly NO SEAFORD ORGANIZED effort that i know of to help our own. You're Barking up the the wrong tree lady.
Cindy November 03, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Cindy I have 5 children, 4 in school. My house is flooded, no electric, a lot of my belongings are on the street, my road is blocked with boats and I am staying 20 minutes away with relatives. I have no idea how to get my kids to and from school with no gas and homework done in a home of chaos. Education is not my number one priority right now!
Cindy November 03, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Families can take care of there children in hardships, we do not "need" school for anything except education.
Sal Triolo November 03, 2012 at 10:19 AM
Exactly, who cares if the kids ever go to school. The most important thing is they are home and safe. That way they can become the white trash their parents aspire them to be while kids from India and China take their jobs.
Ryan Viceroy November 03, 2012 at 11:04 AM
This is your Superintendent of Schools Ryan Viceroy, I'm sorry to say that school is cancelled for the balance of 2012. We have determined that it places great stress on Parents and teachers alike. As you may know, teachers have on 2 occassions this year worked a full week, Monday to Friday. This is unacceptable to work them this hard. I have lobbied the State for months trying to add Arbor Day, National Cheese Week and St Florence Day as additional days off on their busy calendars. Surprisingly this request was denied as the State Assembly was not in session those weeks. As such, we are allowing teachers to take the rest of the year off and this will allow them to avoid the broken traffic light on Merrick Road near Cedar Creek Park. However, it should be noted that all Athletics will continue as scheduled. We know the high priority that sports plays in your lives, Seaford producing more Division I athletes than Yeshiva Montessori over the last 6 years. Our suggestion to parents at this time is to teach the kids at home. Khan Academy and other websites actually do a very good job and if you are lucky enough to have power, internet and a computer, this will serve as a great proxy for your childs education while we figure out how to circumvent the traffic light issue. Thank you and see you in January
GreenAndWhite November 03, 2012 at 11:17 AM
...Wow.
Dawn November 03, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Let's spell this out for the people who are so filled with negativity they can't comprehend properly...education is very important in our childrens' lives and we look forward to the day, hopefully Monday,when the schools can reopen safely. We understand the damage and devastation this storm has caused and realize the schools could not operate safely. We are not worried about a week of missed school or spending time now waiting to hear if or when the days will be made up. Our children and their educations will be fine. The children in India and China are not surpassing us because they had a week more of school. One MAJOR problem with our education system is that NON-EDUCATORS are making decisons about education. Are these comments coming from a place of caring about the education and safety of children? It sounds more like anger and resentment towards teachers/adminstrators.
DiverDown November 03, 2012 at 01:13 PM
"It sounds more like anger and resentment towards teachers/adminstrators." Dawn, I dare say I think you've hit the nail squarely on the head. There are people that post here that would complain or suspect an agenda if the BOE or school administration declared that the sky is blue, or that water flows downhill. I don't know whether it's paranoia, cynicism, ignorance, or just plain-old crankiness, but for these people nothing seems to be done right.
Maria November 03, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Dawn- well stated...I realize we will never change the minds of those who think differently. It's just a shame that they are too filled with anger to see the reality. Other thoughts and issues are driving their thinking. Children can't learn when they are so worried about their family...what would we really be accomplishing? School leaders will make the decisions in the best interest of the children-based on safety. We all want our kids to go back to school when it is safe. Their education is very important but so is their safety and emotional health.
Ryan Viceroy November 03, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Well said concerned citizens. Please don't fret over the angry statements and resentment. I want to assure you that my 12 vice superintendents and I are holding an emergency meeting this weekend and then on Monday. We will play our favorite game 'Monkey See, Monkey Do' and see what all the other Superintendents are doing across Long Island. We will not stand out and hold school despite our schools having power and no damage!! I will not put students in harms way!! That traffic light MUST BE FIXED before one student is allowed in my buildings!! We will probably then need to hold an offsite meeting in Florida to sort our the plan for the balance of 2012. There are just too many distractions here and who knows if that traffic light will be fixed. I did receive some excellent ideas from you people. We will have the high school open for recharging for all citizens of Seaford. Despite the grave danger of citizens driving to Seaford HS to recharge, we are offering this service this weekend. Working parents -- we acknowledge that in the real world, people have to show up to work despite the circumstances. That is the PRIVATE sector. Please don't lump us in with your kind. We have Masters degrees! Just yesterday my lawn crew showed up and did a fantastic job. I wondered how they got the gas and managed to get all the way to Seaford to do their jobs. And then I stopped wondering about it and ate a sandwich. Some people just try too HARD!!!
Theo November 03, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I really don't want to add fuel to this but wow, I feel sorry you have such a pathetic life that you must just post on here and attack all and everything. Deep inside you must be one unhappy person. There are many in the community who have lost everything and who's lives have been turned upside down. Some perspective on life and what's truly important would be nice. School will reopen and life will start to get back to normal. When that will happen is up to the BOE and the Superintendent who will make that decision with the best interest of the students and staff in mind. I am sure they could care less what some angry cranks in the community have to say when all they say is divisive, negative and unproductive.
lisa November 03, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Talk for yourself do not dare call my brothers and I trash we have been living with friends while our parents have been and are still trying to get water out of our house with no electricity. Our parents always make sure school is a priority but right now we have no safe home. That does not make my parents bad or us trash but you are rude and downright mean. I guess you stayed dry and have power.
Sal Triolo November 03, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I agree with Tho. I think school is a complete waste of time. I personally have my kids looting and siphoning gas, which is far more useful than them going to school.
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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