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 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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