Developer Donates Edgemere School ‘For The Kids’
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 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 bused to other local schools.”
“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 200-pupil, $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 ribbon-cutting 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”
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.
The center houses six classrooms, a multipurpose room, a music room and two administrative offices.