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Letter to the Editor: Help Ensure Children's Safety During the Proposed Greenacres School Renovation

asbestosThis letter was sent to Scarsdale10583.com by the Greenacres Elementary School Task Force:

The Greenacres Elementary Task Force is seeking your support in the retention of independent experts on the health, safety, and environmental concerns of the proposed renovation of Greenacres Elementary School.

We are a group of concerned parents whose children will be in the building during the renovation, who recently submitted an independent experts' report to the Scarsdale School Board identifying the potential health, safety and educational risks of the proposed renovation of Greenacres Elementary. Under New York State Law, the District must address the concerns raised in the report and mitigate the risks to ensure the safety of the students during the demolition and construction of the school building.

By submitting the report, with opinions from an environmental health specialist, a noise expert, a traffic consultant, an air quality consulting firm, and a neuropsychologist, the Task Force has offered independent oversight into the District's planning process that emphasizes student health and safety. While the District continues to discuss implementation of the renovation, we believe that the involvement of these experts has already helped to increase dialogue about mitigation strategies and ways to protect the children. These strategies include:

• A commitment by the District to do all interior work during the summer months,

• The use of some temporary/modular classrooms as a contingency if the proposed work cannot be completed in a safe manor,

• A plan to use independent noise, air quality and safety monitors throughout the project, and
• The addition of air filters and some air conditioning to allow windows to be closed during construction to avoid infiltration of dust and noise.

As you can imagine, the experts cost money to hire and we ask that you support the safety of the children by making a donation to support this community effort. Since our mission is for a charitable tax-exempt purpose, all deductions will be fully deductible under the law.

Contributions can be made online at:

http://bit.ly/greenacrestaskforce

Under the SEQRA review process, private citizens have a short window of time to ensure their comments are included in the public record and addressed. On behalf of the entire community, we are advocating for open and thoughtful dialogue, a clear understanding of the scope and parameters of the project, oversight on spending taxpayers' money, and laser focus on the health and safety of the children.

A copy of the report can be found here:If you have any questions, please email us at admin@greenacrestaskforce.org.

We thank you for your support.

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#34 Take the Bus 2017-11-12 13:17
If parents actually gave a damn about safety, they’d put their kids on the bus, rather than driving them to/from school.
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#33 Scarsdale Resident 2017-11-09 16:29
This is exactly the problem we have. People actually think that there will be cranes lifting steel directly above children's heads while they play on a playground. Do you realize how ridiculous that sounds?

Quoting Concerned Greenacres Parent:
I don’t care what ulterior motives some people have for supporting this project (protects their home’s views, they think it will raise their property values), as a parent, I will not support any project where there will be “swinging steel” over my kid’s playground. If the school district wants to increase support for this project, start by moving the kids away from the “swinging steel” and crane.
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#32 Scarsdale great schools 2017-11-08 12:18
Scarsdale great schools were not built by this board or this administration. . they were built by prior boards and admin which made the right decisions, had a view and a vision and worked with constituents to make is great... We need to help them make this one great as well...thru SEQRA if that's what it takes...
Quoting GA mom:
Scarsdale residents PLEASE KNOW..-, you move to Scarsdale because of the amazing education but yet you do not trust the same Board that has created it???
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#31 It s not the same 2017-11-08 11:37
I love how you replicated the question from Tom Hagerman at a BOE meeting few months ago which I watched as well, but were not allowed to comment...
But in any case, let me clarify you and the rest of readers that the house was a private home, much much smaller than what the school is doing, built on wood frame, on side lot, not steel structure, between school and playground, adjoining the gym!!

[quote name="To GA Parents with a Kindgatner"]Let me refresh your memory, not long ago, there was a house across the street from Kindergarten was demolished..
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#30 Concerned Greenacres Parent 2017-11-07 10:52
I don’t care what ulterior motives some people have for supporting this project (protects their home’s views, they think it will raise their property values), as a parent, I will not support any project where there will be “swinging steel” over my kid’s playground. If the school district wants to increase support for this project, start by moving the kids away from the “swinging steel” and crane.
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#29 Grateful for Independent Oversight 2017-11-07 10:43
Without independent oversight, do you think the school district ever would have corrected the architect’s numerous misstatements at the Greenacres Neighborhood Association meeting? If they were willing to let him fib about that stuff, what else are they willing to let slip by hoping that no one is paying attention?
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#28 Scarsdale Resident 2017-11-07 10:25
Has the school district addressed the location of the Greenacres playground in light of the recent revelation that a crane will be “swinging steel” over the playground, the field and Huntington? This is exactly the type of safety related concern that I want discussed publicly and addressed BEFORE this project is finalized.
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#27 Greenacres Resident 2017-11-07 10:17
I’m a Greenacres resident, and I support the Task Force’s work as do many of my friends. There are a number of really significant issues that never would have been discussed publicly if the Task Force hadn’t raised awareness in the community.
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#26 Resident 2017-11-07 08:38
GA mom - you do realize that the administration has had to push back the vote because they are doing analysis for SEQRA right? They had absolutely no intention of doing this analysis. Even Stuart Mattey has said this publically.

You can say that they don’t represent Greenacres residents but of course they do. They may not represent you but they represent many others.
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#25 GA mom 2017-11-06 22:40
Scarsdale residents PLEASE KNOW- the TAsk Force does NOT represent the view of GA residents. We are very knowledgeable about the project, we understand the dangers have been overblown and we know for a fact that the BOE has gone more than beyond its normal efforts to be ready for any unforeseen circumstances. Of course they will make sure all the SEQRA elements are included... even without lawyers! So people, you move to Scarsdale because of the amazing education but yet you do not trust the same Board that has created it???
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