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Jericho BOE Still Opposed To Bristal

Despite approvals to install a traffic light and widen roads, Jericho still says no to Bristal

At a Jericho Board of Education meeting last month, Superintendent of Schools Hank Grishman announced that approval to put a traffic light at the corner of Old Cedar Swamp Road and Route 106, and widen Old Cedar Swamp Road to 30 feet with curbing and re-paving has been granted to Bristal Assisted Living Facilities.

Bristal has put in an application for a zoning change to commercial, and special use permit to construct an assisted living facility across the street from Jericho High School and Middle School on Old Cedar Swamp Road, which the district officially opposed back in April.

It had been a concern of the district to have a light in that location, and the width of the street, however school board President Joseph Lorintz and the rest of the board maintained their opposition to the application, with a stance that the main issue is to change the zoning to commercial around the school building would set a precedent.

"I share my continued concern with the change in zoning and health and safety of the kids - no one else on the school board has changed their minds," Lorintz said.  Need for assisted livings facilities does not make this the proper place for this development - it's not personal."

Superintendent Grishman also noted that while he was notified by Bristal of their approvals, he had not received documentation or notice of them.  

According to the NY State Department of Transportation, the Town of Oyster Bay submitted a traffic signal warrant analysis to the NYSDOT that was prepared by the developer for a proposed assisted living facility on Old Cedar Swamp Road.  After a review of the analysis, the NYSDOT determined that a traffic control signal would be warranted for the intersection of NY State 106 and Old Cedar Swamp Road.  

The NYSDOT also noted hat the town ultimately makes the decision on the appropriateness of the land use and approval for site development.

In other news,

Director of Pupil Personnel Services Dr. John Castronova delivered a special education re-organization proposal, which requested that the district have an elementary and secondary model rather than K-12 - a curriculum associate responsible for pre-kindergarten to grade five, and curriculum associate responsible for grade six to twelve.

"I see that as a way to hone in on what the needs are at each level - curriculum, supervision and training wise" Castronova said.

The district will also have special education facilitators to assist curriculum associates for the high school, middle school and elementary level.

"My feeling is that with this setup and design, I believe that we can move the department forward in a way that parallels with all of the district - with requirements for supervision and common core curriculum," Castronova said.

According to Assistant Superintendent for Business Victor Manuel, the re-organization will result in 'nominal savings' in the $20,000 range.