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Plans Surface On Gallow, Karopcyc

After reviewing several proposals for the 11.3 acre property that currently houses the Geneva N. Gallow and Stephen J. Karopcyc schools, the Island Trees School District has announced it plans to sell the property to a developer for construction of 160 to 247 condominium units for residents ages 55 and up.

 

Presently, the school district spends over $200,000 a year to maintain both Gallow and Karopcyc school facilities, which have been closed for conventional classes for more than 20 years. According to school officials, the sale of the property will not only reduce maintenance costs by $200,000, it will also provide at least $500,000 per year in new tax revenue. The district will gain $700,000 per year by relinquishing the property, plus  money made from the land sale. 

 

All of the new housing units will be built solely for sale as condominiums, and will include sufficient parking located inside the development to ensure there is no overflow of parking outside the site. Although the development will be for residents 55 and older, there are no restrictions against children. Any student enrollment increase brought as a result of the new development is anticipated to be minimal and maintained in the district’s current schools.

 

While school officials have determined what the project will entail, they had not finalized any contract with the developer as of press time. Should the district approve, any revenue from the sale will be placed into a reserve fund.  

 

“It’s not a done deal yet,” said Island Trees Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy. “We still need to iron out a few things with the [Island Trees] Public Library Board.”

 

The sale will require the district to relocate the Island Trees Public Library, SCOPE Preschool and school district offices. The district offices will move to Michael F. Stokes Elementary School, and the SCOPE pre-school program to the J. Fred Sparke Elementary School.

But plans moving the library in particular raised concerns.  

 

“For a community with a large library, this might not seem so detrimental,” said Levittown resident Laura Giunta, regarding the district’s plan to hire an architect to design space for the library inside the Memorial Middle School. “The Island Trees Public Library is significantly smaller than libraries in neighboring communities. Any decrease to the size of the library’s location will have a major negative impact on the library, which already is in need of expansion.”

 

Through a Facebook survey, the district found 97 percent of residents polled use the library’s services. 

 

“With so many Island Trees residents using the library, the school district has an obligation to see to it that our community has the best library it can,” Giunta added. 

 

According to Murphy, the plan will potentially improve the Island Trees Public Library.

 

“With a proposition like this, it is imperative we have the community on board,” Murphy said. “We want to make sure it is full steam ahead before we sign any contract.”

 

Although the trustees have identified one proposal that they feel serves the best interests of the community, it has yet to agree to anything. 

 

On Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m., the Island Trees Board of Education will meet at the high school, to discuss the proposals with the community.

News

 

While Island Trees School District officials plan to reexamine a proposal to develop senior housing on 11.3 acres of property currently used to house the Stephen E. Karopczyc and Geneva N. Gallow schools, district officials have so far been unwilling to identify the developer. 

 

The plan to sell the Farmedge property was first conceived in 2010, when BOCES dropped its lease on the Gallow school. The school district issued a request for proposals. After reviewing its options, the Island Trees Board of Education selected and presented to the

public a proposal to develop 160 to 247 housing units for seniors over 55.After public outcry against the project, the district said it would go back to the drawing board, re-opening discussions and engaging a wide range of stakeholders. However, despite requests from the public and the press, the district has steadfastly declined to identify the developer of the initial proposal—which may yet end up being the winning bid. 

 

After announcing his resignation from the Levittown School District last January, Superintendent Dr. James Grossane has accepted a new job as Superintendent of the Smithtown Central School District. 

 

“I look forward to the new challenges awaiting me in the Smithtown Central School District,” Grossane said. “I wish the Levittown Public Schools and its students, parents and staff all the best as they continue to move forward to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”


Sports

The Farmingdale State College baseball team earned an 8-2 victory over the College of Staten Island in a recent non-conference home game.

 

In the bottom of the second, left fielder Richard Sullivan of Farmingdale broke broke the scoreless tie on a two out RBI single. Senior third baseman Sal Sanquini of Levittown would go on to hit an RBI single through the left side to increase the lead 2-0. Sanquini was 2-for-4 at the plate with a game-high of 3 RBIs.

The Island Trees varsity softball team had an amazing 8-3 win in extra innings on April 2nd against a previously unbeaten Clarke team to improve their league record to 2-0.  Ashley Melendez opened up the scoring with a solo homerun to lead off the 4th inning. 

 

Although the team relinquished the lead in the 4th and 5thinnings, they did not let the negative turn of events get the best of them.   Down one with three outs left, Sam Scharff led off the top of the 7th with an amazing bunt for a hit.  Christie Ciaramitaro and Kelly Cembrale both reached on errors to keep the inning and team’s hopes alive.  Morgan Petry roped an RBI single up the middle to score courtesy runner, Kim Ahrens with the tying run.   


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