Visions for Vacancies: Former Paul E. Kirdahy School

What tenant would you like to see occupy the elementary school building?

Since Paul E. Kirdahy Elementary School at Captree closed its doors at the end of June, the West Islip School District has been to lease the building.

The school sits a few doors down from on Snedecor Avenue.

Kirdahy was one of two elementary schools that closed at the end of this school year, following in order to cut costs.

Though the school is not currenty in use, the rather than sell it.

While we know many residents in the district hope to see the school reopen one day in the future, Patch would like to know what you would like to see the building be used for now.

WI Resident July 13, 2012 at 12:58 PM
I would love to see the town or organization take over and make a safe place for students to be after school and weekends. Something like a recreations center for West Islip kids. It could be broken up into many sections for diffierent age appropriate activities a gaming center, virtual bowling, healthy foods for sale, not so healthy snack center like ice cream, although I think ben and jerrry's is all natural not sure, maybe a babysitting center. This is would create a place for older student to work after school, during the summer or weekends. A tutoring center could be created in the media center, there is already an indoor gym, part of it could be rented for parties, the gym and cafeteria would make a great catering/party hall for parties. If the right philanthropist was to get involved, with an out of the box entrepreneur it could be possible. Even if that person rented different areas of the build to different companies in relation to children activities. It's a rough idea that needs work but I am sure there are many creative people in this town.
Valerie July 13, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Great ideas! I love it!!
Nancy July 13, 2012 at 04:40 PM
That's an awesome idea. My cousin lives in Staten island and they have that and it's great for the kids. At least you know where they are and there safe.I'm all for that
Marianne Bowden July 13, 2012 at 05:52 PM
It is an excellent idea but sadly it will never happen in this town. People freak when a business wants to open here (Walgreens, 7-11) you think they are going to let a youth center open in their neighborhood. I dont see it happeneing without a big fight. I think it would be great for the kids in this town.


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