Dear Oakdale-Bohemia Community,

At last night’s Board of Education meeting, the community and district came together to discuss the facility challenges Oakdale-Bohemia Middle School has been facing since the start of school. Experts in the field of environmental science were on hand to speak about the technical side of the remediation efforts, the current state of the school and answer community questions.

As has been reiterated since we commenced this process, outside professionals – namely those from contracted testing agencies and public health divisions – have assured the district that the building is and remains safe for occupancy. Each organization that has aided us in the remediation process and subsequent field tests has repeatedly stated that there is no evidence that the building needs to be or should be closed at this time. As a district, we continue to trust the professional guidance we are receiving as part of our multi-pronged approach to address this matter.

In an effort to build upon our current remediation efforts, the district has developed a plan to take our work one step further in the immediate future. Over the Columbus Day weekend, the district will be initiating a deep cleaning of the entire OBMS building.  In order to provide adequate time for this process to be completed, the school calendar for OBMS students ONLY will be adjusted in the following manner:

The half-day of school previously scheduled for Friday, Oct. 12 will be moved to Friday, Oct. 5. Students will be dismissed at the regular 11:20 a.m. time on Friday, Oct. 5 in order to allow for the deep cleaning to commence. As such, Friday, Oct. 12 will now be a full day of instruction and Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Nov. 6 (Election Day) only.

  • There will be a two-hour delayed start for STUDENTS on Tuesday, Oct. 9 to allow staff preliminary access to the building in order to prepare material for the school day.

As we work to follow the guidance of the experts aiding us in this process, please know that the district is continuing to explore all options to rectify this matter. We are currently awaiting approval from the New York State Education Department for the use of capital funds to complete several infrastructural upgrades as well as continue to deploy the use of high-quality cleaning products and resources. At this time, there is no imminent plan to relocate the building’s staff or students, but we have preliminarily discussed what our options would be should the district be advised to do so.

With all that said, several parents expressed an interest to have their children relocated from OBMS as the district works through this matter. As per district policy, and with the approval of the Board at last night’s meeting, any parent of an OBMS student who wishes their child to be transferred to Ronkonkoma Middle School is invited to contact the district’s Central Registration Office. Inquiries can be directed to the Director of Pupil Personnel Services Gail E. Santo or her assistant Brian Wrinkle. They can be reached at 631-244-2215 ext. 3968.

Thank you in advance for your understanding during this ongoing matter and your participation in helping the district move forward with a solution.


Dr. Lynda G. Adams

Superintendent of Schools