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At the Community Board 11 meeting on Sept. 8, it was announced by CB11 that they received a call informing them that the contract for the purchase of the Bayside Jewish Center had been signed by the School Construction Authority.

Also, as the community was not aware of, it was announced that the city Department of Education’s Panel for Educational Policy allocated $114 million for the purchase of the new school. As the expression goes, the train has left the station, look for it to pass the community by as they take the steps to put a school here.

This shows that they have not respected us by informing us of their actions/steps along the way. It was also stated that our District 19 Councilman, Paul Vallone was not previously informed, although this has not been officially confirmed.

As I spoke to the community, I reiterated that we as a community need to be diligent and, if necessary, vigilant and hold the SCA/DOE accountable and show that we count! We should be informed ahead of time of their intentions. They have some mandatory steps along the way as part of the process, such as the Traffic Study, to see the current traffic and determine if the additional traffic/congestion will cause any safety issues. We need to be briefed on the process and steps and be involved in the process as observers, rather than read about their studies after the fact.

No. I do not trust the SCA, as they have removed any thread of trust by acting on their own without any regard for us. Please continue to inform the CB 11 office and Councilman Vallone of your concerns on this new high school.

To remind you, it was in June that Friends of Bayside High School provided an initial 3,200 petitions (that grew to over 3,500) signed by residents, parents and students who live and/or attend school in Bayside, expressing opposition to any proposed construction of a school or annex on the site of the Bayside Jewish Center (32nd Avenue between 203rd and 204th streets).

David Solano

Bayside

Posted 12:00 am, September 20, 2015
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Lenny from Bayside says:
The problem, it appears, is with our duplicitous councilman. Eventually the City Council will have to vote to approve the location and our councilman would be in a perfect position to support our community and Bayside High School in opposing this very small site. He did support the community in Whitestone a short time ago in vigorously fighting a far larger and therefore more appropriate high school site that the community opposed. I don't know why Whitestone is favored by the councilman and Bayside is dumped upon. Can anyone shed some light on this topic?
Sept. 21, 2015, 9:31 am
@Lenny from Bayside says:
The Whitestone site may have had the size to maintain the building, however there is literally no worthwhile public transportation going into that area. 32nd Avenue on the other hand, has a decent system of buses that run fairly often.
Sept. 23, 2015, 1:58 am
@Lenny from Bayside says:
The Whitestone site may have had the size to maintain the building, however there is literally no worthwhile public transportation going into that area. 32nd Avenue on the other hand, has a decent system of buses that run fairly often.
Sept. 23, 2015, 1:58 am
Lenny from Bayside says:
To the Councilman's staff member, who had to write it twice: You are wrong twice. The Q15A bus runs to within a block of the very large, and high school appropriate, Whitestone site. Of course, if there were a high school there the schedule would be made to accommodate the students, as it is at all of our high schools.
Sept. 25, 2015, 1:27 pm
nettie sto from bayside says:
I don't understand why they should sell the Bayside Temple to make a school. There are so many schools in the neighborhood. they don't need more school. The neighborhood is so crowed with cars coming to bring the kids to school. I live in the neighborhood and I can't find parking when I come home.
Sept. 30, 2015, 2:03 pm

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