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Bids Come in on Number Six School

Three proposals on the table for former Five Towns elementary school.

, a Orthodox day school serving children in grades one through eight, has bid $9.2 million on the Number Six School in Woodmere.

The JCC of the Five Towns has bid $9.1 million on the property. A developer is the third bidder.

According to Lawrence Board of Education Trustee Rabbi Nahum Marcus, the Plainview-based Greiner-Maltz Real Estate, the commercial broker trying to sell the property at 523 Church Ave. in Woodmere, told the school board minutes before a meeting in March that HALB’s bid was received, the Nassau Herald reports. Marcus, who questions how the sale of the school has been conducted, said:

“I asked how long the JCC’s bid had been sitting there and the response was 45 days. It seems very funny that 45 minutes before our meeting, HALB’s bid comes in higher. Something’s not kosher. Either a board member called them, the broker called them or they’re damn lucky, and I don’t believe that they’re damn lucky. I’m not saying anyone did anything, but I do have my suspicions.”

Dr. David Sussman, a Lawrence trustee, said that Marcus’s position was completely incorrect.

The principal at HALB was unavailable for comment Tuesday morning.

HALB has two high schools in the Five Towns: in Woodmere and in Hewlett Bay Park.

What do you think of the proposals and bidding process?

menachem April 18, 2012 at 02:48 AM
B"H Personally I don't the district should sell the building. But if they are going to sell the building why not give the bidders more time to raise their bids. We need to do what is best for the district as a whole.
Cherie Feinberg April 18, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Once again certain members of the school board are disregarding their fiduciary duties of looking out for the interests of students in the public school and doing that which is the best interests of the taxpayers in SD15. Should the school be sold to a yeshiva which will benefit just a tiny portion of the SD15 tax payers or to the JCC which can benefit ALL the members of district residents who wish to participate in its programs as well as residents in our neighboring communities?
James Rotenberg April 18, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I agree with Cherie Feinberg that the school board has a fiduciary duty to do what is best for the SD#15 taxpayers. In my opinion in doing what is best consideration must be given to not only to the highest bid but also seeking to put the property BACK ON THE TAX ROLLS so as to reduce the tax burden on residents. After all closing the school was said to be a financial decision by the Board. Neither the Yeshiva nor the JCC will be paying property taxes. The 3rd bidder, a private developer, as I understand it, would be a tax payer.
Bob April 19, 2012 at 10:35 AM
Why do we need another tax exempt property don't we have enough burden with all the religious institutions in our communities. I say sell it to the developer so we can create new tax revenues say we cut it up into 50 additional parcels and they pay a tax of 10,000 a year doesn't that help lower the taxs other property owners pay????
Bob April 19, 2012 at 10:37 AM
Missed your post James I agree 10000%
Francine Frechter February 27, 2013 at 01:58 AM
no one is looking to sell to a Yeshiva now. What we need to do is vote against this travesty of a medicat acute center in the middle of a residential area. If we can be successful, we go back to the drawing board to vote maybe for a library, a Boces school or the JCC. Right now we need to vote NO on March 20th. This ia community problem, not religious or anti-religious. We must save the school for our children to play.
Francine Frechter February 27, 2013 at 02:04 AM
You will not be creating any new tax revenues. This is a lie. At most, it will mean $35 per fammily if they pay the 1 million dllars. They will fight to lower it and it won't even mean that much. Moreover, the cost to tax payers may exceed any tax revenue that may be generated. The cosr for more police, fire officials and the decrease in property values that will occur may well cause an increase in our county and school taxes. Instead of being angry and spiteful towards the orthodox who have improved thyings for all children, let's now come together as a community and vote down this monstrosity so that we can go back to the drawing table and keep the ball fields for our kids, and keep the streets safe from outsiders and not have the gridlock that we had after Sandy. BE SMART, NOT ANGRY.
phil February 27, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Now, Lance, why don't you tell us how you really feel...
Judy Goldman April 03, 2013 at 12:54 PM
I agree -- something that benefits the total community is what should be done with the property ..... NONSENSE about the last campaign to not sell it to Simone. Get me a break... save our parks -- what's the matter with North Woodmere Park? The campaign to not accept the bid was definitely not above board and neither was the voting polls. No identification required. I could have gone to all four places under different names and vote... which I am sure happened.

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