Lawrence High School Shut Down Due to Storm Damage

Students will be relocated to other schools while building is shuttered for about two months.

Lawrence High School was shut down Tuesday after its electrical systems became in danger of failing and will remain closed for about two months, according to the superintendent.

Superintendent Gary Schall explained in a letter on the district’s website that Superstorm Sandy significantly impacted Lawrence High School.

“Over the winter break, crews worked 24/7 to clear the crawl space (the area beneath our building) of all remaining debris and mounds of displaced soil and sand,” he wrote. “As this occurred, a more in-depth assessment of our electrical system became possible. The preliminary engineer reports received today show evidence that our electrical systems have the potential to become inoperable.”

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School for all students of the district has been canceled tomorrow. On Thursday, when school resumes, high school students will be relocated to Lawrence Middle School, fifth graders will be re-located to the Number Five School and sixth graders will be re-located to the Number Two School.

Bus transportation will be provided as usual and there will be new temporary drop-off locations, according to the letter. High school students are being asked to take the bus to the middle school or be dropped off, as no parking will be available.

The districts will hold informational meetings on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and Wednesday at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. at the middle school.

“Our families, especially our children, have gone through extraordinary life experiences since Sandy,” Schall wrote. “Once again, we are called upon to come together, be resilient and to lean on each other as Lawrence Family.”

Tiffani January 15, 2013 at 11:51 PM
I dont understand why #6 school cant be in use during this time period?? it would make alot of sense.. its just sitting there empty...
Joyce reichling parrotta January 16, 2013 at 12:08 AM
I agree we need help
G January 16, 2013 at 02:10 AM
I'm sure number six is in even worse shape since branch ave was flooded after the storm.
g January 16, 2013 at 03:40 AM
#6 school hasnt been used in years its full of mold I wouldnt want my child going there
G January 16, 2013 at 11:11 AM
I'm a lhs grad and its sad to see what's become of the district. Residents need to call out the board on all of their nonsense. When the media was at Lawrence yesterday they should have called out the board for all.of the crap they have done to the district...starting with closing and selling two schools.
ftptch January 16, 2013 at 12:57 PM
yea right......................................just like how the community helped w/ sandy............................everywhere i looked all i saw was if u are part of their community u can het their help....................................nothing for every1 else..................
Bojames January 16, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Maybe the BOE can get some school tax money from the approximately 50 private homeowners who get huge school tax exemptions via NYS Real Property Law 460 ( clergy exemption). The exempted taxes get passed along to YOU for collection. clergyexemption@gmail.com
Kim K January 16, 2013 at 02:08 PM
Will there be a banner welcoming the students th the middle school, #2, and #5 ?
J January 16, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Lawrence High School: one step closer to being officially disbanded. It is a crying shame what is happening in that district. This is is a clever way of "testing" whether the student population can survive without a goddamn high school. The powers that be will of course determine, "Yes, this is working out fine!" And a once fine school finally will cease to exist.
steve January 16, 2013 at 04:08 PM
The HALB building in woodmere is operating at full capacity and if you were to add these additional students it would be detrimental to their learning. Where would you like them to be seated? In the hallways? outdoors in the freezing temperature? If you have a recommendation that HALB can do to help the situation I'm sure you can recommend it to them and then go from there. But if all you do is say ignorant comments and try to divide the community then keep it going, won't solve a thing. P.S. this is spoken as a graduate from the public school district trying to solve issues as oppose to make them worse.
steve January 16, 2013 at 04:10 PM
i believe the #6 school is "uninhabitable" right now.
Shrecky January 17, 2013 at 08:27 PM
ftptch, again its the fault of the orthodox.....nice
G January 18, 2013 at 01:14 AM
So does anyone have anything to say about the board essentially admitting they knew the hs had a problem after sandy but had the kids go there anyway. The board doesn't care about the public school kids bc the public school kids aren't THEIR kids. Don't even get me started on how that board was voted in..I remember years ago people being turned away from the polls because they didn't live in the district but tried to vote for this blasphemous board. Miraculously a few hours later these same people came in with documentation that they still lived in the district. That's bs! The board needs to be for all the students made up of people who care about everyone's interests and not just a select few. And god luck getting the hs kids back into the hs, I know the board will figure out a way to sell that next. As for dividing the district, talk to ur precious board about that.
ftptch January 18, 2013 at 02:38 AM
shrecky did u read www.thefivetowns.com during sandy...........becaus i did.........................all it said was how to help fellow orthdox.........not the community.................
Lawrence January 18, 2013 at 03:17 AM
What is really needed is the parents of the District need to both organize politically and protest. Take the protest peacefully and forcefully to the street with a grass roots movement. Enough is enough!! Its MLK day on Monday. Take his spirit and di the right thing! I dont understand why the parents of this district put up with this. Can someone explain??
5TResident January 18, 2013 at 03:31 PM
I agree. Problem is, it would take about a month to get the building back up to speed. There's no water and minimal electricity and heat. Remember that the building is empty for a few years now. I just wish there was a way to reopen that school as a school without our taxes shooting up.
5TResident January 18, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Bojames, you sound like a broken record with this already. If you don't like the law, then petition your local, county and state representatives to get it changed. That's how things work in America. If you do nothing but complain, then nothing will change and you'll just continue whistling into the wind. (I assume that you only want the Orthodox to lose their tax exemptions and not the churches and other non-Jewish religious houses of worship - good luck with that).
5TResident January 18, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Stop the paranoia, J. If the Board did nothing and students became injured or ill because of the condition of the building, then you'd slam the board for doing nothing until it was too late.
5TResident January 18, 2013 at 03:39 PM
You can do that, Lawrence, but what you really need to do is to find some candidates who (1) are willing to run for the BOE and (2) have them run on a platform that will satisfy everyone. That means finding the money to keep all of the D15 schools open without cutting services and without raising taxes through the roof. Problem I see is that other than complaining and moaning, the public school parents can't find anyone to run. In the last BOE election, the current board ran almost unopposed.
5TResident January 18, 2013 at 04:09 PM
ftpch: TheFiveTowns.com is a private owned website run by Orthodox Jews. What did you expect? I don't see The Amsterdam News or other minority-owned newspapers ever offering help to the Orthodox community. You have to give to get.
5TResident January 18, 2013 at 04:10 PM
That's the Board's fault too.
5TResident January 18, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Several legal challenges were brought in State and Federal Court about the election of the Board and their actions since their election. All were thrown out. Any other suggestions? Maybe rioting next?
G January 18, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Other candidates have run for the board but as I explained the current population on the board cheated and won the election anyway. How is it that a total of five towns can vote for the board but one population can keep winning? The board is a joke, I'm not sure how its not blatantly obvious to the powers that be.
Sam Livingston January 19, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Congratulations to the Lawrence Football Team, its QB and players for outstanding play and honors they well deserve. On the other side of the coin, too bad the school board and administration can't show the leadership of the coach and team. Besides the sale of PS #6, the closing of LHS for two months and the moving of so many students to the Middle School, why couldn't they utilize PS 6 for most of the high school classes and not overcrowd the middle school? While the football team scores, the school board and administration fumbles!
5TResident January 20, 2013 at 03:03 AM
G: It's not "blatantly obvious to the powers that be" for one simple reason - it isn't true. The election results are certified and are 100% accurate. In addition, you don't even know your geography - District 15 does not cover all of the Five Towns. Part of Woodmere and all of Hewlett are in District 14. Stop the nonsense, OK?
5TResident January 20, 2013 at 03:07 AM
Sam Livingston: Gee, you're amazing. You turn a very bright spot into a negative. Instead of asking silly questions about the #6 school, why don't you read the many articles that have already discussed this issue? You will have your answer then.
Sherry Greene January 20, 2013 at 03:13 AM
I can not believe that this communiy can not get along with each other. If we are not talking about color, ethnic groups or religion we have nothing to talk about. I can not believe that the school opened without checkiing the building first, before allowing the students and personal to enter the building. That is the problem!
Sam Livingston January 20, 2013 at 12:06 PM
5TResident-As a non district 15 taxpayer, I am always amazed at the school board and the taxes we pay for diminishing services and shrunken enrollment. NOT knocking teachers or coaches, but rather the administration and school board who seem to think District 15 still has huge enrollment instead of shrinking to a two elementary school system while taxes seem to never go down. As for the other comments, mine were made before many of them.
G January 20, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Schools that go to LPS include Atlantic Beach, Inwood, Lawrence, Cedarhurst and North Woodmere...so darling it's you who needs to learn to read. I said a total of five towns...not The Five Towns.
G January 20, 2013 at 07:32 PM
5TResident just bc people don't agree with u doesn't give u the right to attack them. Everyone here is entitled to their opinion and no one needs u shooting down every post someone creates. It's time to grow up and get a grip.


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