First Farmingdale School Built In 1850
by Dr. Phillip Acinapuro
The first school was built on Main Street in 1850 and for 103
years thereafter, Farmingdale was a one- school building district.
During the mid- forties the Main Street building wasable to care
for all of Farmingdale* s needs. In addition, students came to
Farmingdale High School from Bethpage, Plainview, Island Trees,
Plainedge and Massapequa - and they came by train from asfar
East as Brentwood.
In the early fifties Farmingdale was caught up in the post- war
population explosion. Since 1953, the taxpayers have built eight
new schools; five elementary, two junior high, and one senior
high. The opening of the additions to Albany Avenue, Parkway
Quality education is a tradition in Farmingdale. Long time residents who are
familiar with the school's mode of operations realize that, despite the tremendous
development of the area and the population growth of the last 10- 20 years, this
historical pattern has prevailed. As noted, the physical plant has expanded and
improved. To work with a pupil population that has more than tripled in thistime,
the teaching staff has been enlarged in the face of critical, nation- wide personnel
shortages. Finally, to offset the impact of much- publicized " explosions of knowledge"
in all fields, the curriculum continues to be modified and up- dated in every
The pursuit of excellence in any endeavor has its price. Educational advancements,
( like progress in commercial and industrial ventures), are not made without
sacrifice, without incurring additional costs of current operations and capital
improvements. Farmingdale, to the district's credit, has provided the necessary
financial resources, chiefly through local property taxes. In addition, the Farmingdale
School Board has sought other sources of finances. In its quest for tax
relief for the district's residents, it has repeatedly appealed to the New York State
Legislature for additional state aid. The Board has also used the various funding
Oaks, and Woodward Parkway Schools in September, 1965,
marked a high point in the " twelve fine years" of building
progress. Another addition, the Weldon Howitt Annex, was ready
for occupancy in September of 1966. In November of 1966 the
taxpayers of Farmingdale rallied to the cause of quality education
and approved a 1300 pupil addition to the FarmingdaleSenior
High School. These buildings represent wise investments in
the future. The people of Farmingdale are directly responsible
for these accomplishments and are to be commended for their
programs of the Federal Government.
Parents, like educators, are well aware of individual differences among children.
Each teacher is expected to adjust plans and instruction to meet individual needs of
children within his class. The school system offers many special programs and
makes provisions, ( when possible) for this same reason. Consideration is given to
the average student as well as to the bright student and to the slow learner, to the
mentally retarded, to the physically handicapped, to the emotionally disturbed - and
more recently to the culturally deprived and to the socially disadvantaged. Thus,
the Farmingdale schools in today's complex society are expected to provide many
and diverse educational services - services adapted both to individual differences,
and to exceptional needs. In this way, equality of educational opportunity is ensured
A review of the history of the Farmingdale Schools reveals that with wide citizen
support, our system has built needed facilities, increased teaching and supporting
staffs, and has adopted instructional programs, guidance, and special services to
meet demands of the changing times. Farmingdale has invested much in its continuing
search for quality and equality of educational opportunity.
Lucie Brings New Dynamo To The Old and Traditional
in Insurance Agencies in Farmingdale
The dynamic Edwin' Lucie brought the new and the old together
in Farmingdale when he purchased the 45 year old
Farmingdale Underwriters Agency and the over 50 year old
Norman F. Sullivan Agency Inc. in January. This consolidation
brought together two of the oldest insurance agencies in
Farmingdale. Lucie brings his dynamic personality and years
of experience in insurance to serve not only the old timers but
the new people in Farmingdale. He said that he was particularly
excited about the new industrial growth.
The Norman F. Sullivan Agency Inc. is now located on the
third floor in the Carman office building at 280 Main Street
Farmingdale. It has already occupied four rooms and is constantly
growing. Mr. Norman Sullivan is in one office with
his secretary of 35 years.
Lucie has taught the " qualifying" New York State Insurance
Broker's course in the past at City College of New York, Queens
College and Adelphi University. He is presently teaching at
Brooklyn College and Werbel- Sobelsohn Institute in Hempstead.
Lucie is the President of the Norman F. Sullivan Agency Inc.
and its subsidiary firm, Shugrue and Lucie Co.
The Norman F. Sullivan Agency is also the successor to the
Farmingdale Underwriters Agency, Inc. as of January 1, 1967.
Lucie also maintains an office of the Sullivan and the Lucie
agency in Queens.
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