MONSTER GROWS IN FREEPORT
by Stewart S
construction, the Freeport School Districtís New Visions
public school looms three tall stories high in neighborhood
backyards, as it reaches towards the heavens, casting a dark
shadow over all the homes surrounding it. The NYS Education
Department approved the districtís plans and gave the district
permission to build the school in this predominantly Latino
residential neighborhood, even though the land was severely
undersized. Neither the Freeport Board of Education, the State
Education Department or the Village of Freeport thought to
contact the residents in the neighborhood for their input.
The school district could have
bought the previously decommissioned pubic school on Cleveland
Avenue at a bargain basement price and renovated it, saving the
neighborhood and saving the district millions of dollars in
construction costs. Unfortunately, the school board would not
admit that they knew the Cleveland Avenue school was for sale.
The Village had other plans for both the school and the athletic
field north of the school. Board members met with village
officials, with the result that the school board and the
Glackenites sold the neighborhood residents and the school
community down the river.
districtís rendition of the school, shown here, shows a
totally unrealistic picture of the school and its relationship
to the surrounding neighborhood. A look at the
construction photos, both taken from the sidewalk, show that
the depiction is not even close to the construction photos. The
left wing of the building seems to be missing.
A simple traffic study taken at
another Freeport school, shows that the traffic on the street
will be devastating to those surrounding the new school, being
dangerous, as well as destroying the character of the neighborhood.
One resident in the vicinity of
the new school spoke to FNYN under the condition of anonymity,
afraid of the well-known retribution of the Village. He said,
"I canít believe what I am seeing. Nobody contacted me to
let me know what they were doing. This monster in my backyard is
going to ruin my life. You donít see them building anything
like this in their backyards. They should be ashamed of
themselves, but they never are. They donít think we are human