Lawrence School District, HALB finalize contract
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Residents formed the Community Coalition of the Five Towns to oppose the proposed sale. They wanted the recreational areas on the site that includes ball fields, basketball courts and a playground preserved. Mt. Sinai’s proposed plan was only retaining the playground, while calling for 450 parking spaces, which community members believed would have added traffic to an already congested area.
Joshua Schein, who heads the Community Coalition, said the purchase by HALB could be good for the community if it includes preservation of the recreational space and residents are allowed to use it when school is not in session. “It is important that whatever is [on the site] benefits the community as a whole, and especially the children of the community,” Schein said.
Steven Zuller, a Woodmere resident and HALB board vice president, said that his school is sensitive to the concerns and interests of the neighboring community and that the board and executive staff are committed to ensuring that HALB is a reliable partner and good neighbor.
“We will work hard to balance the community’s wishes with our students’ needs and with the Town of Hempstead’s zoning requirements to preserve outdoor recreation areas at the Number Six School,” Zuller said. “Our goal is to create a mutually-acceptable plan for community use of school fields and playgrounds when not in school use.”
Lawrence district officials said that informational meetings at which residents can ask questions and air their concerns will be held prior to the March 31 vote.