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Will Jack Abrams Ever Reopen?

As students head back to class, the school remains closed for the second straight year.

Students returned Wednesday to classrooms throughout Huntington for the start of the 2012 school year. But for the second straight year, the hallways and classrooms at Jack Abrams remain empty.

 by the school board which has since been saddled with increased budget restrictions, remains on hold.

The opening of the school would have made the budget challenge much greater last year, according to district administrators during the budget session.

School administrators estimated annual personnel costs to reopen the school to be $535,058. One-time non-personnel costs would run about $143,322 to replace items which have been lost or transferred to other schools.

But with a $900,000 budget cap that needed to be closed, a move to open Jack Abrams did not materialize in 2012.

Question: When do you think Jack Abrams will reopen, if at all?

matt harris September 06, 2012 at 06:45 PM
I am afraid it will most likely take an act of the NY State assembly to waive the 2% tax cap in order to restore the $800,000 plus budget line to re-open it, assuming we can convince all parents to send their children there again....
Andrew Scott September 06, 2012 at 08:21 PM
Would love to see this resource come back online.
Christina September 07, 2012 at 12:50 AM
How about an article about how many kids returned this year to public schools from private schools because SD #3 is just a great school district. Now thats a story!!!! I guess the Patch just had to stir it up again. Jack Abrams School was not in the news for a while so lets just open up a can of worms. Amazing. How about concentrating on all the great things Huntington Schools have to offer?
George September 07, 2012 at 02:28 AM
JAI will never re open due to the great community divide in Huntington. The folks that are well off and living above the poverty line. and they know who they are) do not want there children to go to that school. While the folks in that live at or below the poverty line have to live with what is at there dispose. It has been that way for the past 25 years and who knows if that will ever change. Such a shame
Jim R. September 07, 2012 at 02:14 PM
I'm proud to be a Huntington SD parent.
Jack White September 07, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Sell that dump and build more housing projects. True revitalization is in more housing for the poor. The school dist. Can use the money for more overinflated salaries and everyones taxes will go down. Right?
Jim R. September 07, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Jack - your comments are an insult to your user name.
matt harris September 07, 2012 at 03:55 PM
I want to comment on the Jack White nonsense. First off, the building is in daily constant use as the administration building. It has a fine auditorium that can be used for non-school uses. It has a playground and a very active basket ball court. It also happens to be the newest building that SD3 owns, and according to the Long Term Building Use Committee, it needs NOTHING. The idea of tearing it down and replacing it with housing is insulting to me and most of the residents of not only SD3, but especially Huntington Station. I understand there are a select few like yourself that won't send your child into this community. That is really too bad. But there will be a solution to the use of this facility, but it may take some more community involvement.
Jack White September 07, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Nonsense? Do you believe what I said is out of the realm of what Town Hall would do in these parts? As asked by one of our wonderful, caring and compassionate ZBA board members - Are you against poor people? Do I have to repeat what it says on the Statue of Libery? Ok, here it goes - "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free and stick em all in school district three. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door and see how many children we can cram into grade four.....wouldn't be surprised if Town Hall made this their new motto. Go for it A.J.
Linda Otta September 07, 2012 at 07:12 PM
I think he was being sarcastic. Looks like him comments are also being removed. Jack White 3:04 pm on Friday, September 7, 2012 Nonsense? Do you believe what I said is out of the realm of what Town Hall would do in these parts? As asked by one of our wonderful, caring and compassionate ZBA board members - Are you against poor people? Do I have to repeat what it says on the Statue of Libery? Ok, here it goes - "Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free and stick em all in school district three. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door and see how many children we can cram into grade four.....wouldn't be surprised if Town Hall made this their new motto. Go for it A.J.
Linda Otta September 07, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Does anyone else always get a PENDING APPROVAL message when posting?
Chris Diaz September 13, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Just to let Patch Know, IT IS THE THIRD YEAR!!!!!! 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013!!!!
Nancy J. Berg September 13, 2012 at 03:07 PM
i think it'a a fine building & it should reopen. There are occasional shootings and violence in the village but no one screams to close St. Pats or the nearby schools. It's probably about pressure from homeowners in Huntington Bay & other wealthy areas because of real estate values. And YES, this is the third year, not the second.
George September 13, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Nancy, My thoughts exactly. You hit the nail right on the head with that post. It's not just real estate. it's the parents who don't want their Johnny / Joan going to "THAT" school in "THAT" neighborhood
robert soteras October 19, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Dear Mr. (s) Matt Harris, Iam interested to help the school through my charity kids in Sports Foundation, founded in 2012 in Huntington Station. Iam planning to send in a writing proposal within our organization thesis that surelly can help. I believe someone, without self interested as votes for their names etc should be grant a chance to organize groups of volunteers to no divide the comunity, but United. I would like to hear some coment from you, I like your stament posted here. (Robert Page) - kinsfree Foundation - kids In sports 4 Free.

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