Developer Donates Edgemere School ‘For The Kids’
An off-hand remark for the principal of a Far Rockaway school led this week to the ribbon cutting for a brand new
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
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
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”
“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.