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Future of Marion Delaney School

What should the West Hempstead school district do with soon-to-be vacant building?

Dozens of West Hempstead community members turned out Tuesday night to with school officials regarding the fate of the former Marion Delaney School, which will be vacant beginning next June.

Since Nassau BOCES has decided not to extend its lease of the Eagle Avenue building beyond the 2012-2013 school year, the West Hempstead school district, which owns the 51,155 sq. ft. property, will need to decide how best to utilize it. (Not to mention, find a way to make up for the $582,283 loss in annual revenue that will result from BOCES' departure, the amount the district collected in rent from them in 2012.)

What do you think the district should do with the building? Vote in our polls below or share your thoughts in the comments section.

To get more involved in the discussion on this topic, click to learn about the West Hempstead School District's Space Utilization Committee, including a list of upcoming meetings you can attend.

Dylan Sarnataro July 19, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I think it should be a skatepark and have a fee to enter so that town makes money off of it.
Manny Martinez July 19, 2012 at 06:17 PM
If I understand things correctly, if we choose to keep the building for district use such as a vocational school, we obviously lose any potential rent (I believe I heard an approximate 1.5% budget increase for the $582K rental loss) plus the 2013-2014 school budget would have to increase to cover the new cost of upgrading to code, maintenance, teachers, administration, etc. for the building. I believe all these potential additional costs are unknown at this time. If the district decides to try to lease, any amount received that is less than the current $582K in rental income, would have to be made up in taxes or some other revenue or cost cutting measure. Any amount over $582K is a plus, however, I suspect that may be very difficult during these economic times and by looking at all the vacant spaces throughout WH. If the district decides to sell (Yet keep the fields as some residents wish) the proceeds could be used to support existing academic programs or add new ones. All three scenarios involve making difficult choices are highly complex and involve many moving parts. My biggest concern is evaluating all the ideas that were presented, trying to choose one (or maybe two), executing the plan and implementing by June 30, 2013 so that no revenue is lost.
amadou diallo July 19, 2012 at 11:51 PM
would be a good place for a low income housing project or the new site for the Courtesy Hotel.
Manny Martinez July 20, 2012 at 02:02 PM
The findings of the demographic study will be very helpful in steering the committee's direction but until they are released, I believe we already have some clues. 1-According to 2010 Census, West Hempstead population growth was essentially flat. http://malverne-lynbrook.patch.com/articles/census-west-hempstead-more-diverse-slightly-bigger 2-WH School District enrollment is trending downward. 3-Many 18 to 34 year olds have considered or left Long Island due to the high cost of living. (This is the segment of the population most likely to have children.) 4-Ridership on the West Hempstead Rail Road line has dropped to the point that weekend service has been stopped. (The point here is that the number of younger, working WH residents probably is trending downward.)
J. amlett July 20, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Absolutely notttt. This would run down the neighborhor just like lakeview.
Lorraine DeVita July 20, 2012 at 07:57 PM
WH is following in the exact same footsteps as my district Seaford, We too were leasing a building to Boces and as in your scenario Boces decided not to renew the lease. After MANY MANY MANY years the decision was finally made to sell the property. Well ofcourse property values have declined and we are faced with accepting the only offer on the table approx. 5million for 5 acres of land. This is contigent upon a plethora of conditions the first of which is at a yet to be named date the commuity will have ot vote to either suport the builders designs for 113 multi family housing units in a single family residential area or not. If the vote is passed we are still about 2 years away from see any funds becasue of other contingencies . IF the vote is not passed we start the "sale" process all over again. My point is this is a LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOng way from happening ,Seaford only loses 100k annually you will be losing 5 times that amount. So dont count on this being resolved before your next budget vote or even for the next 5-6 budget votes. This is a long drawn out process and in the meantme you will still be having to maintian the property which is an additonal cost. Good luck WH until this is resolved you can kiss your reserves goodbye or say hello to increasingly higher taxes!
WHRes July 20, 2012 at 11:21 PM
Wake up! This IS Lakeview...and I am hoping that his "suggestions" were facetious although I am guessing they were just mean-spirited.
FED UP August 17, 2012 at 09:42 AM
Reason for boces leaving? ARENT THE LUXURY APT. CREATE MORE STUDENTS AND ARENT WE GOING TO RECIEVE TAXES FROM THAT COMPLEX . THAT SHOULD BE ENOUGH TO BALACE IT OUT AT LEAST ONE WOULD THINK SO

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