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Residents Invited to Discuss Vacant Space in West Hempstead Schools

The West Hempstead Board of Education's Space Utilization Committee will hold its first meeting, open to all residents, on July 17.

A large section of the has been sitting vacant for years and by this time next year, the West Hempstead school district could have an entire empty building on its hands when the

To determine the best ways to utilize this vacant and soon-to-be vacated space that the district owns, the West Hempstead Board of Education has formed its own Space Utilization Committee.

Right now, the committee is comprised of board members and residents who have expressed an interest in tackling this issue, but the school board wants to get more community members involved.

On July 17, all residents are invited to attend an open discussion with the Board of Education on utilizing these district-owned properties. The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. inside the videoconference room.

What do you think the West Hempstead school board should do with the empty space at Chestnut and the soon-to-be vacant Eagle Avenue School building? Tell us in the comments section below.

Jim Miskiewicz July 04, 2012 at 05:48 PM
If the property is deeded to the school district and the district has the right to sell it, and if a proposal could be developed that would preserve some public use for soccer, etc., and fit the residential character of the area, then why not sell Eagle Avenue and use the proceeds to do capital improvements on the middle and high school? The district shouldn't be in the real estate rental business. It's in the education business. And because population and enrollment will not ever require the building to be used again as a school, now is the time to use it to generate needed cash for infrastructure. Again, this assumes the above, conditions, but if it can be done, let's get rid of it. On the other hand, Chestnut seems too small, and besides it's used, at least partially, for school business, so I have no idea what to do with that building except to find an appropriate tenant for empty space.

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