POLL: Future of the Woodbury School

Board of Education renews contract with realtor; future of school remains uncertain.


On Monday, the Syosset Board of Education renewed their contract with Greiner-Maltz Co., Inc., the realty company responsible for the sale of the Woodbury School.

"It's a unique school, but it's outdated," said John Pujia, one of the realtors responsible for the school. "Most buyers are looking to redevelop the land into something else."

That "something else" is a concern for the Syosset School District because of its close proximity to Walt Whitman Elementary. Pujia says "something quieter" is preferable, like a bank which would have high security, or an assisted living facility. Built in the 1900s with almost 13,000 internal square feet, the structure would need repairs that some buyers would rather avoid.

Asking prices vary for the 2.24 acre property, ranging from $1.2-2.5 million if the original structure is kept, and upwards of $6 million if the school is leveled for a new structure.

What do you think should happen to the Woodbury School? Should the original structure be refurbished and used or should a new structure be built?

What should replace the school, considering the proximity to Walt Whitman Elementary?

Vote in our poll below and give your ideas in the comments!

Papa Tom January 27, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Just so people are clear, this is NOT the schoolhouse in which Walt Whitman taught in 1840. However, it's a nice building that gives some character to yet another mile of Jericho Turnpike that's being spoiled by chain donut shops, banks that close at 3pm, and other bland businesses. I say keep it as-is and find a use for it. Just make sure to donate the wooden "Woodbury School" sign above the door to the Syosset Library Local History Collection!
Brenda Wendelken January 27, 2012 at 02:38 PM
I still bemoan the loss of Split Rock elementary school and would hope that the same thing does not happen to this building. I'd like to see it renovated somewhat and perhaps used as an annex for the Syosset Library, or some other community functions. Failing that, I'd like to see it converted into senior citizen housing. We need more of that certainly.
Bev Macuk January 27, 2012 at 06:09 PM
would it be possible to leave the "interesting" exterior and only renovate the interior with parking lots, etc. in the rear
Linda L Manning-Koziatek, REALTOR, LSA, CSA January 27, 2012 at 07:31 PM
I think that's a great idea that Brenda gave in the way of fixing it up and used for senior citizens, possibly as senior center/meeting place.
Papa Tom January 27, 2012 at 09:16 PM
>>>>possibly as senior center/meeting place.<<<< FYI, the Town of Oyster Bay already has two senior meeting places in the area: one at the Syosset-Woodbury Community Park; the other at Syosset Gardens on Muttontown Road.


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