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Bridges Academy To Open at Kirdahy School

New private school serving children through eighth grade will open in September.

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.

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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.

Missy January 20, 2013 at 03:41 AM
Wendy - I have friends that were on the study group. They said that they were handed that list after they did the museum walk. I honestly believe that Mr. Simon & Mike Keany came up with those options. I asked a couple of the board members about it and they said they had nothing to do with that. I do believe them. I am not saying that now I think they are infallIble, but the dedication, commitment and good intentiions are behind their endeavors...in my opinion. One of the things that I had to remind myself of is that they pay West Islip taxes, I'm sure not one of them is looking to pay more & receive less for their child's education. I used to think that fiscal irresponsibility was the main issue but after calling Albany & asking questions about state aid, I see that our town is grossly overlooked for much needed funding. I think it is perceived and I could be wrong and I am not speaking for anyone but myself but it could be perceived that when people criticize the board on the patch (i include myself in this) and don't bring their concerns directly to them, it may seem as though the intention is to cast doubt on the integrity and capability of these people. I realized that this is the wrong way to handle my concerns and I now approach it in a different way. I believe that for myself, the better way is to support the people elected, & show them the common courtesy & respect that they deserve. Speaking for myself, it's the right thing to do.
We're all in January 20, 2013 at 05:01 AM
I don't know if has ever been addressed at a Board meeting, but I do know someone who spoke to a Board member and the District Office and was told there is nothing wrong with the rooms. My children do not participate in any services either, but if they did, I would not let it rest. The rooms are unacceptable.
Wendy Regan January 20, 2013 at 09:16 PM
@Missy-Regarding the study group options; The boe is Mr. Simon's boss. Mr. Simon works for and answers to the boe, it's not the other way around. I appreciate you sharing a different way of thinking about the boe and the superintendent, although I don't agree. Thank you for wanting to look into Oquenock's children receiving their specialized services in closets. Like you, I was unaware b/c my children don't receive services. I'm going to go out on a limb and say like me, you'll be so disappointed to learn that the children who are in need of additional help are the ones who learing in closets. Parents of those children have complained to district and have been told quite bluntly that there's simply no more room in the school. I guess the boe kept their word that kids wouldn't be learning in trailers, but they just left out the part about kids learning in closets.
Lori Beth February 09, 2013 at 06:36 AM
I am mortified reading many of these childish posts....(actually many children are better behaved than what I see here.) I am a prospective parent who was looking to learn more about Bridges, prior to their open house this Sunday. I am disheartened by all of this ridiculous banter...Is this the kind of rhetoric that will be representing a supposed an elite private school? Perhaps I should take my time and money elsewhere.
Valerie Rivera February 22, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Mamamia- you can introduce yourself as well!

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