Parents, teachers, and district residents urged the South Country School District to close the Frank P. Long Intermediate School in Bellport — less than a mile from a Brookhaven Town landfill — amid concerns about potential environmental hazards.
Members of the community have complained of odors on school grounds near the 192-acre landfill on Horseblock Road in Yaphank, which the town is expected to close in about eight years.
“I am compelled not to allow my daughter to enter Frank P. Long,” said parent Thomas Schultz at a school board meeting Wednesday night at Bellport High School that was attended by more than 200 residents. Schultz said his 9-year-old daughter, an incoming fifth-grader, experienced headaches during her first year in the building.
“We don’t want to minimize that if our families are having a problem and students are sick. We want to rule out that it has anything to do with the school,” Cheryl Felice, the district’s board president, said in an interview Wednesday afternoon. “And we’re working diligently with the district and those families to see that we get that information to them.”
Felice said about 700 students are enrolled in the school, which serves grades 4 and 5.
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