2005-09-23 / Community

Developer Donates Edgemere School ‘For The Kids’

By Howard Schwach

An off-hand remark for the principal of a Far Rockaway school led this week to the ribbon cutting for a brand new

Officials pose prior to the ribbon-cutting ceremony. From left they are Michelle LloydBey (District 27 Superintendent), Dr. Geraldine Chapey (a State Regent), Developer Ron Hershco, Principal Michael Quattrocchi, and school LIS Ben Waxman. Officials pose prior to the ribbon-cutting ceremony. From left they are Michelle LloydBey (District 27 Superintendent), Dr. Geraldine Chapey (a State Regent), Developer Ron Hershco, Principal Michael Quattrocchi, and school LIS Ben Waxman. early childhood center donated and

constructed by a local developer. As Michael Quattrocchi, the principal of PS/MS 43 in Edgemere told the

story at the ribbon cutting, he was

having an ad-hoc meeting at the school with Ron Hershco, the president of

The new building sits right across the street from the school’s portable classrooms. The new building sits right across the street from the school’s portable classrooms. United Homes, who was developing

dozens of new two-family homes, town

houses and apartments in the area. In all, Hershco has brought in more than

500 new residents to an area within

five blocks of the school. “Ron said that he was glad that the kids moving into his new homes would have a school like PS 43 to go to,” the

principal said. “I told him that the

school was already overcrowded and that the kids who were moving into his

homes nearby would probably be

City Councilman James Sanders said that he’d rather be playing balloons with the kids than standing on the stage. City Councilman James Sanders said that he’d rather be playing balloons with the kids than standing on the stage. bused to other local schools.” “What can I do for you,” Hershco reportedly

asked Quattrocchi. “Build me a new school,” Quattrocchi

answered without thinking that it would be possible.

“OK, I’ll build it,” the developer said.

The ribbon was cut on that 200pupil, $2.5 million early childhood center on Monday morning.

Hershco met with the city and bought a piece of land across the street from the school’s portable classrooms.

“I wanted the kids who live in my houses to have a neighborhood school to attend,” Hershco said at the ribboncutting ceremony. “The school was the least I could do for the community. Rather than ignoring the overcrowding, we decided to give something back to the community”

Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer speaks to the large crowd. Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer speaks to the large crowd. Councilman James Sanders, who attended the ribbon-cutting said that he did not take Hershco at his word.

“When I heard that he had met with school officials, I became a believer,” he said.

“”If every developer who came to our community followed this model, we wouldn’t have a school overcrowding problem,” Sanders added.

Jack Hutton and his family pose with school staffer Jeanie Murtaugh. A story book quilt was presented to the school in the name of Alma Hutton, the first pre-K teacher assigned to the school. Jack Hutton and his family pose with school staffer Jeanie Murtaugh. A story book quilt was presented to the school in the name of Alma Hutton, the first pre-K teacher assigned to the school. The center houses six classrooms, a multipurpose room, a music room and two administrative offices.

District 27 Superintendent Michelle Lloyd-Bey presents a plaque in appreciation to Ron Hershco. District 27 Superintendent Michelle Lloyd-Bey presents a plaque in appreciation to Ron Hershco. The 101 Precinct school safety unit was on hand at the ribbon cutting ceremony. The 101 Precinct school safety unit was on hand at the ribbon cutting ceremony. Quattrocchi, Lloyd-Bey, Hershco and State Senator Malcolm Smith cut the ribbon on the new building. Quattrocchi, Lloyd-Bey, Hershco and State Senator Malcolm Smith cut the ribbon on the new building.

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