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Talk Back: Thoughts on Bridges Academy Lease

Private school will lease out 15,000 square feet in Kirdahy.

West Islip will soon be home to a new private school, as The Bridges Academy prepares to open in Kirdahy.

Bridges has agreed to lease out 15,000 square feet of space in the school at a rate of $13,500 per month, according to West Islip Board of Education President Steve Gellar. The current lease agreement is for one year, though renewal options are included in the contract, Gellar said.

The private school is a non-denominational reincarnation of St. Peter's By-The-Sea in Bay Shore, which closes at the end of June.

News of the agreement has sparked a flurry of comments from our readers in the community. We want you to weigh in on Kirdahy's new tenant.

What do you think of Bridges Academy opening in West Islip? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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Fay January 18, 2013 at 07:04 PM
The Bridges Academy is considered one of the top private schools. We are thrilled to have access to such an innovative school right here on the south shore of Long Island. The school is highly focused on foreign languages (French, Mandarin and others), has a strong curriculum around technology, Math, literature, drama and music.
rosie girl January 18, 2013 at 09:43 PM
How can it be considered one of the top schools, it hasn't even opened yet? Do you want your child going to school with 3 children in their class? I don't.
jerry mangone January 21, 2013 at 02:25 AM
How many students will be attending? Are the West Islip School District Custodians responsible for cleaning the classrooms or does the Bridges Academy have their own cleaning staff?

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