Last year, the Shoreham Wading River Board of Education conducted a series of community discussions and forums to review the future of the Briarcliff property.   The Board of Education recognized the importance of community input and designed a series of public events intended to allow residents to share their suggestions with the Board of Education.  Several public hearings were held as well as a community roundtable discussion.  The Board of Education invited residents as well over the spring to submit comments directly to the Board of Education.  Throughout the process of community involvement, the Board of Education directed administration to review community suggestions for the use of the property and to inform the Board of Education of the findings.

Below is a timeline of the events and presentations on Briarcliff that can be found on the District website.

2018 Public Forums on Briarcliff

• January 9, 2018 Public Hearing Presentation
   o  http://www.swrschools.org/Assets/Meeting_and_Presentations/011018_Briarcliff_Public_Hearing_1_9_18_Final.pdf?t=636511953651770000

• February 13, 2018 Public Hearing Presentation 
   o  http://www.swrschools.org/Assets/Meeting_and_Presentations/021418_Briarcliff_Bldg_Discussion_2_13_18.pdf?t=636542016999170000  

• April 10, 2018 Community Roundtable Discussions

 

As a result of the community meetings and the analysis of different options for the Briarcliff property, the Board passed Resolution 1718-326 on June 26, 2018 directing administration to develop a Request for a Proposal  (RFP) to explore the sale or lease of the Briarcliff property.

APPROVAL OF SALE / LEASE OF BRIARCLIFF BUILDING

RESOLUTION #1718-326

WHEREAS, the Superintendent has reviewed the District’s programs and administrative needs and the usage of real property for those programs and needs and advised the Board of Education of the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District that the Briarcliff School is not currently needed for school district educational and/or administrative purposes; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Education of the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District is duly empowered to, via resolution, sell any piece of real property which the Board deems to be of no use or value to the District, subject to the provisions of Section 1804 (6)(c) of the Education Law; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Education of the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District is duly empowered by Education Law 403(a) to lease real property which is not currently needed for school district purposes and the leasing of such real property is in the best interests of the school district; and

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Shoreham-Wading River Central School District directs the District administration to take steps to explore the eventual sale or lease of the property.

The RFP is in the final stages of review and it will be submitted to the Board of Education during its September 25, 2018 meeting.  The Board of Education will be discussing the RFP at that time.