P&Z should reject plan for school at LaKota Oaks

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On Sept. 8, a Stamford-based business known as Schoolhouse Academy leased the 66-acre LaKota Oaks property at 32 Weed Ave. in West Norwalk. Their stated aim is to open a K-12 private school with an enrollment of at least 650 students.

Such high intensity use would bring traffic, noise and endless disruption to West Norwalk’s residential community, which is already suffering from increased traffic on local streets from other large recently approved developments. A school would also restrict established access to the property’s woods, trails, ponds and historic Stations of the Cross.

We implore our Planning & Zoning Commission to protect the quality of life in West Norwalk and reject this proposal.


Betsy Bowen

Paul Cantor

Yvonne Lopaur

William Wrenn

Carl Blair

William Krummel


Mack April 21, 2022 at 3:31 pm

Opening a new private K to 12 private school here in Norwalk sounds like a fantastic idea. One that could relieve some of the enrollment bulges in our own classrooms and add a valuable and welcomed alternative to the public school experience for Norwalk parents. With respect to your P&Z concerns, why couldn’t most or all be addressed and resolved in some manner through the normal approval process?

Patrick Cooper April 21, 2022 at 4:26 pm

Wow. How do you spell NIMBY? Ca(N)tor, Bla(I)r, Kru(M)mel, (B)owen, (Y)vonne.

Golf haters – this I know. However, I don’t recall – did this group have any issue with –

A. Norden Park
B. East Ave TOD
C. West Ave corridor
D. Every “enterprise” zone
E. The “New” Norwalk High Fool
F. Glover Avenue 2000+ apartments
G. Water Street Condo’s
H. SoNo blow-hole
I. PoKo corruption
J. Merit Exchange disruption
K. Walk Bridge annihilation

Every single complaint the NIMBY editors here present – applies to each and every one of these mass developments, done precisely by those who donate to the mayors campaigns, oh – and Hartford. The list – life sucking traffic, plunging quality of life, too much density, loss of tree canopy, daily inconvenience, real pollution and noise pollution, inadequate infrastructure, and a total of zero concern for the taxpaying residents. Wonder why I despise Harry?

Put the school in. Maybe the graduates will learn to read, write, and do math well enough to escape Corripticut.

Tysen Canevari April 21, 2022 at 8:01 pm

Historic stations of the cross? Thats the best line yet. How bout the home across from the Oak Hills Tennis Courts with a full contractors yard behind it in your neighborhood? Why no picketing there? Was there no rose bushes or walking trails in all the woods he cut down?

Sue Haynie April 22, 2022 at 6:15 am

Norwalk parents need School Choices and, as Patrick noted, the kids at this school will learn how to read. The school will also most likely increase the property values of these nimbys.

Chris April 22, 2022 at 6:41 am

So, Patrick and Tyson, if you don’t complain about everything, then you can’t complain about anything? I guess they should have complained about over-development in Los Angeles and Beijing before they could say something about developments literally across the street from them.

Of course, if they HAD voiced an opinion about things on Patrick’s list, he’d tell them to stick to their own neighborhood and mind their own business.

It’s no-win theater with you guys.

Kenneth Werner April 22, 2022 at 1:50 pm

On the face of it, 650 students on 66 acres doesn’t sound like a “high intensity use.” As Mack suggests, public access issues might well be negotiable. And, Patrick, can’t we have a reasonable discussion about our different points of view without angry, ad hominum attacks?

Piberman April 22, 2022 at 2:32 pm

Most communities best I can judge welcome new private schools offering more choices for their children’s education. Especially when the public schools in the community consistently fail to meet CT Edu Dept standards. is the problem here our public Unions and City leaders do not want competition ? Lest more City residents ask why our well funded public schools are not meeting CT Edu standards ?

Historically we’ve welcomed additional houses of worship on the grounds of expanding choice of faith. Why not expand choices for our children’s education rather than protect the public education monopoly. With more private schools our citizens might begin to ask how do we improve our public schools. And why Norwalk remains CT’s only City lacking a 4 year college public or private. Maybe we’ll do better remaining unchanged. As long as we attract renters to displace homeowners,

Tysen Canevari April 22, 2022 at 7:29 pm

Chris, you miss the point. They do complain about everything. The golf course is evil, it has rose gardens. Blah blah. Now you can’t have a school there because of the stations of the cross. Funny

Ron April 24, 2022 at 10:05 am

Same group, same complaints because the traffic issues will impact the same group who live in the area of concern. You would wonder if someone from east Norwalk complained about wouldn’t, you, no impact to someone living in east Norwalk. Common sense when commenting please. We all know how Norwalk does traffic studies no issues no impact to residents all the time every time.

Piberman April 24, 2022 at 6:48 pm

Lets do the “school politics”. Norwalk’s teachers and administrator Unions have long supported Norwalk Dems. And despite that Norwalk school grads have failed to meet CT Edu Dept standards for as long as anyone can remember Norwalk’s teachers have managed to be paid as well as our neighboring very wealthy towns with their nationally prominent pubic schools. Not only meeting CT Edu standards but where their kids secure 4 yr college degrees. Often at the nation;s top tier colleges.

Now its no surprise there’s opposition to private schools. Anywhere in the City. Private schools allow City homeowners and even renters to ordinarily secure a high quality education for their kids. Including a leg up securing admittance to a top college.

At day’s end Norwalk homeowners and renters want their kids educated at City public schools. Never mind their well known failures to properly educate our kids. Private schools are not welcomed. Principally because they advertise the obvious failure of Norwalk public schools. And we can’t have that in our One Party City. Nor do we want to mention that most City teachers reportedly live outside Norwalk. Maybe they too know somethings about how our City schools are run.

One would imagine paying CT’s top Supt salary – above $300k – would secure schools that meet CT Edu Dept standards. Maybe the salary ought be even higher.

M Murray April 25, 2022 at 6:38 am

It seems like an excellent use of that property. If the group opposing it is concerned about “restricted access”, maybe they should put their money together and purchase it and donate it to the City as a public park for all to enjoy. After all, it is private property and the current owners have the right to “restrict access” and should be able to lease it for a use similar to which it was intended when the facility was built for business purposes in the first place.

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