Lynbrook Public Schools Closed Friday, Nov. 9

Downed wires at West End School force district to shut down yet again.

The Lynbrook School District will not be re-opening its schools Friday.

Although district officials, faculty, parents and even students are eager to get back to class after Hurricane Sandy, power outages and then Wednesday's Nor'easter canceled the last eight days of school, during Thursday's impromptu Board of Education meeting Superintendent Dr. Melissa Burak was forced to make the difficult decision to keep the buildings closed tomorrow.

Last night's Nor'easter caused several trees and power lines to fall throughout the district, including one that was still resting on Clarke Avenue, the very street Lynbrook's West End School stands on, as of 6 p.m. Thursday. 

As the board meeting progressed, Dr. Burak learned that although the tree had been removed there were still downed wires resting on the street, which prompted her to announce that all the district's schools would have to remain closed Nov. 9.

Burak did say that schools will also be closed Monday for Veteran's Day, but would re-open Tuesday, Nov. 13, …. "unless there's a Nor'easter Monday night."

Check Patch tomorrow morning for a full recap of Thursday's board meeting, where district officials explained what was happening with the Waverly Park School, which lost its power, and the procedure for displaced students, along with fielding several residents' questions. 

Darla November 09, 2012 at 01:08 AM
FYI: For those living in Malverne in the Valley Stream School District 13, schools will be open Friday. Power has not been restored to Willow Road School. Willow Road students will be transported to either Howell or Dever.
Tara Conry (Editor) November 09, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Thanks Daria. We will start including District 13 in our school closing announcements per your suggestion.
S.M. November 09, 2012 at 02:45 AM
BigIdeas November 09, 2012 at 02:39 PM
So being closed on Friday is on LIPA, but being closed on Monday is ridiculous! Even though it's a scheduled holiday day off, schools should be open. I guess Dr. Burak is showing the kind of leadership she will provide if given the permanant Superintendent position.
makaylalynn November 09, 2012 at 03:40 PM
why cant high school/middle school kids go back? s.a.t.'s, college's etc?
BigIdeas November 09, 2012 at 04:08 PM
I guess they don't want to upset the teachers, some would need to come to work while others don't. That's why SD 20 is ranked 83 in the state and falling fast despite one of the highest tax rates.
Joe Vitale November 09, 2012 at 04:12 PM
According to the state board of ed if they would have openend Monday it doesnt count against day missed. They tecnically cant have schol on holidays. Now another day where we pay teachers and staff for doing nothing,. Great work Dr Burak. How much more money are we going to waste. Then we will hear some crap excuse that the kids really didnt need those 10 days.
Baseball Mom November 09, 2012 at 04:32 PM
If the people out there leaving negative comments had taken the time to go to the Board of Ed meeting last night they would know the answers to their ridiculous questions!!!
BigIdeas November 09, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Funny - I haven't seen any ridiculous questions posted here, please elaborate!
Jason November 09, 2012 at 06:39 PM
If this is true.........how ridiculous can you get? The entire reason they can't come to agreement on the makeup days is strictly for 1 reason and 1 reason only. They will not give up their 13 weeks off no matter what! This cart leading the horse philosophy is the reason our education system puts the students last. The fox is guarding the henhouse over and over and over. Our legislators are to blame here for their spinelessness
Jason November 09, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Like I said a kangaroo court philosophy! They do what they want under the guise of consideration. Whatta laugh.......going to a Board of Ed meeting?? LMAO Any other words of wisdom to offer here we can chuckle at? Wake up and smell the coffee!
Joe Vitale November 09, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Here is what you learned from our wonderful Board of Education and the equally brilliant Burak. 1. we only missed 9 days because they miraculously changed one day to a staff report only day. 2. They racked their brains and came up with one makeup day so far. 3. They are waiting to be bailed out by the state and have the state waive the 180 requirement so they dont have to do anything. 4. They selfishly accepted a generator for Waverly Park when there are tens of thousands of people in dire need of power.
Darla November 09, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Bush is to blame!
disgusted DOE educator November 09, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Ignorance about education runs rampant on the site. Teachers should not be berated. Every job has pros and cons. Instead of attacking try thinking about how all of this negativity toward teachers effects your children and their attitude toward education. If you do not respect teachers you are teaching your children to be disrespectful. Most teachers did not want to be home these 2 weeks. Most of them worked on lessons and went to meetings. This was not a decision that the teachers made it is up to the education commission. Complaining about a district you choose to live in is beyond my comprehension. Try dealing with Mr. Bloomberg and the DOE and you may appreciate a quality district.
teachermom November 11, 2012 at 03:04 PM
I do work for Mr. Bloomberg and believe me, it's not easy. I am a New York City public school teacher and a Lynbrook parent of a struggling learner. I took my child to work with me so he could sit in a 5th grade class and learn SOMETHING. This time Bloomberg got it right. The kids need to return to a normal routine. There was no reason they couldn't return to school on Monday and Wednesday. Hundreds of city schools were damaged and the doe managed to get them back to school. Communities are destroyed, yet they managed to do what's right for the kids. WE have SEVEN schools, why couldn't we figure this out. AND BY THE WAY, THE WORKING PARENTS OF THIS COMMUNITY DID NOT APPRECIATE THE 8:15 PM PHONE CALL WHICH LEFT US ALL SCRAMBLING FOR DAY CARE!!! The communities of "stay at home moms" is a thing of the past. Closing the schools for this long when communities in worse shape managed to open, is irresponsible on many levels, but has nothing to do with the teachers. Lynbrook School District leadership is the reason our schools are beginning to fail.
BigIdeas November 13, 2012 at 06:14 PM
New Jersey isn't waiving any days. MLK day - schools in session, Presidents week - Schools in session.
Timmy Tillman November 13, 2012 at 07:28 PM
I heard it was going to be cloudy tomorrow - Burak decided to play it safe and close schools again.


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