A reader wrote this morning:
Sorry to go off topic here, but what is the Board's position on the Valley expansion? At the planning board meeting the other night it was revealed that 20 trucks and 40 buses an hour are expected to travel through the local streets during the 6 year construction time frame. That, and the noise, dust, and distraction are going to inevitably hurt the learning environments at BF and Travell, not to mention potential safety issues for the students. Has the BOE been involved in any of these discussions?
My response later in the afternoon was:
I cannot speak for the Board, but I can report that we have not publicly taken a position on the issue before the planning board. The Board has not been involved in the planning board discussions, but the administration has had discussions with Valley, and some individual Board members have attended information sessions and planning board meetings and hearings.
With that being said, I can report that Dr. Fishbein has stated publicly that should a project be approved, the District will work with the Village and the hospital to ensure that our students are safe, and their learning is not compromised, at all times.
As for my personal opinion, I can say that I will be looking for the establishment of any and all necessary practices, policies, plans and procedures to keep our students safe. If the project goes forward, I will want/expect full and thorough input from the district and especially the closest schools, to create a very clear and detailed developer's agreement (I think that's what it's called) in advance of any work. I've seen past agreements with Valley and they were quite specific as to testing, monitoring, acceptable levels, corrections required, timeframes, etc.
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