A new private school will soon take up residence in the shuttered Kirdahy Elementary School in West Islip.
The Bridges Academy, a reincarnation of St. Peter’s By-the-Sea Day Episcopal School, is slated to open in September in the building on Snedecor Avenue, which has remained vacant since Kirdahy closed in June due to declining enrollment.
St. Peter's By-The-Sea, in Bay Shore, will close on June 30 after serving the community for 40 years.
The Bridges Academy will operate as an independent, not-for-profit, New York State Board of Education accredited school. The non-denominational academy will serve children as young as toddlers through eighth grade.
Frank Fallon, currently with St. Peter's By-The-Sea, will serve as headmaster.
“Bridges stands on the pillars of character, confidence and knowledge," he said in a statement. "Bridge’s mission is to treat each student as an individual, helping them to fully realize their academic and spiritual potential with behind a curriculum that is dynamic, challenging and contemporary.”
Details of the lease agreement between The Bridges Academy and the West Islip School District were not immediately clear.
Two open house sessions are scheduled from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on January 12 and February 10.
To learn more about The Bridges Academy, visit their Facebook page.