Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 15 October 2010 00:00
A longtime reader of The Roslyn News recently inquired about the St. Mary’s property that stands next to Roslyn High School. This reader wanted to know if the Roslyn School District had purchased the property, if it was renting it; in general, the reader wanted to know what exactly the district is doing on that property.
The answer can be found on the school district’s website (www. roslynschools.org). This past July, the school district explained its involvement in the St. Mary’s property. The district, the release stated, has now entered into a lease agreement for the St. Mary’s property.
The facility, the school district said, will provide a new, expansive home for Roslyn Adult Continuing Education and a new office for Pupil Personnel Services.
“The building became available with the departure of AHRC at the end of 2009,” school district officials said. “The facility will provide opportunities for Adult Education to grow, and in particular will enable the re-establishment of a more comprehensive day program. Day classes have been limited in recent years since Adult Education had to make way for expanding high school programs. The facility will also house a new office for Pupil Personnel Services, providing easier access for families that need to visit that busy department. This includes parents registering new students for school.
“There are a number of other advantages to the lease: the departure of Adult Education and Pupil Personnel Services will create additional space for programs in the high school; the school district will have full use of the athletic field on the St. Mary’s property; there is a large number of much-needed additional parking spaces; and some of the district’s buses will be able to park next door, thereby freeing even more parking on the high school’s very crowded campus.”
Dr. Daniel Brenner, superintendent of the Roslyn School District, outlined the benefits of the lease in a talk last June, just as the 2009-2010 school year was set to close.
More information for Adult Education participants will appear in the Fall 2010 catalog, which will be published at the end of the summer.
By now, parents in the school district are familiar with the new day schedules for students in grade school, middle school, and at Roslyn High School. For their benefit, we are printing them here. The changes were approved last spring and were a topic of much discussion in the district. Maximizing student performance was the driving force behind the proposed changes.
“I feel very strongly that the change in time schedules will have an academic benefit for our students,” Dr. Brenner recently said. “I greatly respect the many points of view that have been expressed on this issue, and rest assured they have been taken into account in this decision. In the end, I believe these modest changes will generate the maximum benefit with the least disruption for children and families.”
The changes extend the elementary school day by 20 minutes. Additionally, there will be a later start time at the high school and an earlier start time at the middle school. The change in the schedules is as follows: