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Old 12-31-2008, 10:41 PM
 
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The test scores for Westbury HS are within the 10 worst on LI. There are many, many positives about this area and I've defended it many times on these forums, but the schools are a huge negative. Maybe the teachers are excellent, and I've never heard that the atmosphere in Westbury HS is dangerously crazy like some other low scoring places get (ie: kids getting stabbed at Hempstead, brawls in Freeport), but as far as things we can actually quantify - the school stinks.

Weird thing about WHS is that it looks like it'd be one of LI's best. Nice looking building sitting up on Jericho Turnpike, it's got footbridges over the road and is surrounded by million dollar homes. Obviously somebody threw a lot of money at it at one point!
True...again...it's been the NC element driving those numbers. Again, many folks simply send their kids to private school because they like the area. Those million-dollar homes across the street from me are also zoned for WHS...do you think that they're kids are attending WHS??? LOL!!! Since you can't rezone NC out of the Westbury SD you basically have to regentrificate NC in order to attract more affluent folks in the area to the schools which will yield scholastic results more in line with L.I. best.
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Old 12-31-2008, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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The solution for Westbury schools is what I've said in the past and it's very controvertial. Cut New Cassel loose and have it form its own district where they can deal with their problems without ruining Westbury home values.
The new school bldg could be built off Arbor Ln as well, seems to be a large vacant piece of property there bordering the pkwy.
I know politics wont allow this to happen, but the seperation of New cassel from Westbury would definately help Westbury. Better schools = better property values = better town.
And it would be better for New Cassel too, they'll have a nice new school for the JHS and HS and it will be closer, which would raise their values as well. It certainly won't happen overnight, but it is an idea that should not be dismissed so easily.
Don't know enough about that area to voice an opinion, however, building a new school would significantly raise school taxes... that building has to be paid for and in this economic climate, I don't think anyone is going to vote for spending more money...
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Old 12-31-2008, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Westbury,NY
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True...again...it's been the NC element driving those numbers. Again, many folks simply send their kids to private school because they like the area. Those million-dollar homes across the street from me are also zoned for WHS...do you think that they're kids are attending WHS??? LOL!!! Since you can't rezone NC out of the Westbury SD you basically have to regentrificate NC in order to attract more affluent folks in the area to the schools which will yield scholastic results more in line with L.I. best.
The problem is New Cassel isn't even close to being regentrified. Those new buildings they built are staying empty, and the new apts they built at Union and Maple are "housing projects".
I blame the Town of North Hempstead for alot of this mess, if they just cracked down on all the illegal, overcrowded rooming houses in New Cassel it would go a long way to improving the area.
As far as the commercial development goes, having more bodegas, check cashing places, and medicaid doctors isn't going to cut it. They need mainstream places, banks, store chains,etc. But with a recession now that will be a tall order.
Better enforcement of housing laws and getting mainstream business on Prospect and Union Aves is the best way of straightening out N.C., but I aint holding my breath.
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Old 12-31-2008, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Westbury,NY
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Don't know enough about that area to voice an opinion, however, building a new school would significantly raise school taxes... that building has to be paid for and in this economic climate, I don't think anyone is going to vote for spending more money...
Well maybe when the ecomomic climate improves. You also have to factor in how it would save money, less $$ for busing,etc.
I am generally for smaller school districts, not larger ones. And to think some people want Nassau County to set up a school district!
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Old 01-02-2009, 01:24 AM
 
Location: Westbury(New Cassel)
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Yes test scores for Westbury are horrible but, fortunately the high school is not one of those places where you are bound to fail. Like one poster said, someone went through the entire school district and is now in Harvard. There are many cases like this in the high school. Someone can go to that high school and still end up living a decent life. There are school districts in NY that are way worse.
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:54 PM
 
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well i decided to place a offer on the house and see what happens. If i do get it then I'll have to see 6-8 year down the line. we never know... things might get better. if not then private school it is then.
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Old 01-15-2009, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Long Island
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To all the people posting that the test scores in Westbury are horrible have you looked at them or just assumed?


If you look at them (Westbury High School, Old Westbury, NY - Long Island Schools - Test scores, school programs - Newsday.com) they are no where near as bad as you make them out to be. Not even close. The elementary school has even won a few national awards in education. Go to any of the school racking sites (greatschool.com).

Most of the issues people have with the school is who goes to the school. Not the quality of the education.
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Old 01-15-2009, 10:42 PM
 
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so im confused about "zoning" . are you zoned for the school thats closest to your address or can you go to any school thats in your school zone?
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Old 01-16-2009, 03:02 PM
 
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so im confused about "zoning" . are you zoned for the school thats closest to your address or can you go to any school thats in your school zone?

As a general rule, within a school district, your property is zoned for a specific elementary school, and in those districts with multiple middle schools/junior high school and highs schools, for a specific middle school/junior high school and high school.

From time to time, depending on population trends and/or shifts, the school district's school board can change any or all of these elementary, middle school/junior high school and/or high school zones.
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Old 06-22-2009, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Brookville
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To all the people posting that the test scores in Westbury are horrible have you looked at them or just assumed?


If you look at them (Westbury High School, Old Westbury, NY - Long Island Schools - Test scores, school programs - Newsday.com) they are no where near as bad as you make them out to be. Not even close. The elementary school has even won a few national awards in education. Go to any of the school racking sites (greatschool.com).

Most of the issues people have with the school is who goes to the school. Not the quality of the education.
Anyone that rigs the School Board elections should not be trusted with any test scores.
Westbury School District is Incompetent, bottom line. I know 100%
Maybe next year, with a new board members things might change. I'm sick of paying for lawsuits because of Clark the 300k/year Super.
I hope Rocco Lanzilotta (new board member)can bring the taxpayers in the know.
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