Town Board Authorizes Appraisal Of Gittelman School Property (VIDEO)

Town reached out to school trustees


The Clarkstown Town Board voted unanimously on Tuesday night to authorize the town attorney to get an appraisal of the property.  On January 10, the school’s board of trustees announced to staff and parents that the school would close because of decreasing enrollment.  Trustees indicated there were ongoing discussions with potential buyers.

Town Councilwoman Stephanie Hausner, who introduced the resolution to obtain the appraisal, said town representatives have spoken with members of Gittelman’s board.  She expects the appraisal to be completed soon.

“I think they’re looking to move fairly quickly,” she said.  “We just want to get the appraisal done so we know if it’s even a reality for us to be interested in.” 

The 43,000 square foot building sits on 10.1 acres along New Hempstead Road in New City.  The building was constructed in two phases. The main section was completed in 1992 and the middle school was added about 10 years ago.  

Hausner said one possible use of the building and property could be as a recreation center, an idea put forward by Town Supervisor Alex Gromack last week.  Town board members George Hoehmann and Frank Borelli said they were very interested in the possibility of acquiring the property for Clarkstown. 

The Conservative Jewish day was founded 40 years ago as the Solomon Schechter School of Rockland County.  It first held classes in Spring Valley and when it outgrew that location moved to the current building in New City.  The last day of classes at the school for the 150 pre-kindergarten through eighth grade students is June 20.

With the pending closure of the county's only non-Orthodox Jewish day school, organizers have been working on a proposed Jewish day school called the Rockland Jewish Academy. The Academy would be supervised by the Solomon Schechter School of Westchester and would be located at the Rockland Jewish Community Campus in West Nyack.  


GWashington January 25, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Thanks for the link and the update. What a fool Traphagen was.
Marc Fromowitz January 26, 2012 at 09:39 PM
It seems that the only reason folks are pushing for the town to purchase the property is because of their fear of the Orthodox community moving in. Let's put aside this clearly hate filled reason for a moment and focus on the tax ramifications and the implications to all taxpayers. The Town has no money - the town confiscates money through a scheme known as taxation. In order to finance the acquisition of this property, the town would need to raise the capital to do so. How? By taxing each taxpayer. But this only addresses the immediate purchase of the property. Now the town must maintain the property, staff it , insure it... Where will the funds come from? A tax increase. Why does the private sale of the property offend the delicate sensibilities of the vociferous anti-semites, who are also allegedly members of some taxpayers union. They should cheer a free market solution rather than advocate a government whimsy funded by the taxpayers. SHAME ON THE TOWN OF CLARKSTOWN FOR EVEN CONSIDERING PURCHASING THIS PROPERTY. SHAME ON THOSE ANTI_SEMITES WHO PUSH THE TOWN TO BUY THE PROPERTY TO KEEP THE ORTHODOX AT ARMS LENGTH.
Mike Hirsch January 26, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Marc, this has nothing to do with anti-semitism. People like our community the way it is. If there was a group of purple martians who controlled the town next to ours and they wanted to expand their community by moving into our town, most people would be opposed to that.
Marc Fromowitz January 27, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Mike - You are mistaken. This is not our community. It is the private property of RGHDS Trustees to dispose of in a way that they will maximize their return. If the purple martians will pay the highest price then they should be the buyer of the property. If the Orthodox community will pay the highest price they should be the buyer of the property. If the government of our town will pay the highest price, we have all been screwed and will pay the price every year ad infinitum. Your claim that this is not motivated by anti-semitism is absurd. The only motivator is a palpable dislike of the Jews of the Orthodox variety. While you and others may tolerate or even like Jews as long as they don't wear black hats, the fact is we are all Jews nonetheless. Within the more liberal cohort there is a great anti-semitism toward the Orthodox. And within the Orthodox cohort there is a great anti-semitism toward the liberalized Jew. This is reality. But, to say we have to keep them out of our community exposes the bias - whether bias toward Orthodox Jews or Purple Martians. In 100 years there will be only Jews in black hats. That is the whole point behind the failure of our community to sustain a Jewish Day School.
Mike L January 31, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Let's be clear. There is a difference between "orthodox" and the extremists that occupy New Square and certain parts of Israel. Every day you open a jewish newspaper and read about (a) child abuse, (b) spitting on children, (c) crime and corruption, (d) abuse of welfare and on and on. So no, all faiths should not want these extremists in our community. They are a cancerous destructive force to any community they enter.


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