YONKERS NY — October 20, 2018 — On Friday, October 19, 2018, Yonkers Superintendent Dr. Edwin Quezada wrote a letter address the “Paideia School 15 Learning Community”. He wrote: “Let me begin by thanking the entire Paideia School 15 family for your support and cooperation throughout the temporary relocation and the continuing repairs. My goal is to have open lines of communication, provide updates as necessary and access to my team.” An encouraging use of language that engenders a sense of renewed confidence and professionalism only to be eclipsed by the reality recognizable in the photo herein. Is this what Quezada means when he advises he will “provide updates as necessary,” while one photo speaks the enormity of the issues that he prefers to omit in this communique, those he has issued in the past, and likely an unabated onslaught of telling s that omit facts of concern. The most telling is that by addressing the “entire Paideia School 15 Learning Community” he ostracizes the concerned taxpayer with a parade of faceless, meaningless, and innocuous words to coverup his shortcomings as an administrator. Worse, it exposes his inability to correct his past oversight and scrutiny of the Yonkers Public School District for its capacity to maintain a safe and healthy environment by which teachers, students, and ancillary working staff may function to which no amount of spin can obscure.
His letter continues by advising: “With the lower grades returning to School 15 on Monday (October 22nd), I would like to make you aware of what the children may experience as we continue the roof repairs during normal working hours as well as weekends and off hours as required until the work is finished. Our anticipated completion is mid- December.”
“The main playfield will be open, but the small playground on the west side of the building will be closed. The bus pullouts in front of the building will be kept open, although the parking spaces in the lot on Westchester Avenue and some of the spaces in the back parking lot off Manhattan Avenue will be needed for contractor staging.”
“Any work done while students are in the building will be restricted to the exterior of the school. Sidewalk bridges will protect the entrances of the building. Roof workers will not be inside the building; they will have a separate exterior stair tower to the roof and exterior toilet facilities. The school will have a School Safety substitute to assist the administrative team. Minor additional work may continue inside the building such as HVAC upgrades; this will be limited to the boiler room or done after dismissal.”
“The third floor will not be used for classes because the required roof work would likely disrupt instruction. This work cannot be deferred until spring. The cold weather will break down roof work completed to date and may contribute to moisture issues inside the building. When adhesives or other potentially odorous materials are being applied to the roof, the roof top air handlers (which supply only the library and the auditorium) and vents will be closed. The fresh air supply in each classroom will not be affected because each room has fresh air unit ventilators as well as windows.”
Cleaning, sampling and testing of the building is complete. Results and reports as they become available are posted on the School 15 website. The October 2, 2018 air sampling, (report dated October 9, 2018) indicated that the building was cleared for reoccupancy and use. The final air sampling taken on October 16, 2018, indicates the building is ready for students and staff. The final report is being completed by Adelaide Environmental Health Services and reviewed by LiRo Engineers when received will be posted on the website.
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Dr. Edwin M. Quezada
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Dr. Edwin M. Quezada
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