A group of concerned parents and teachers demonstrates in front of Huntington town hall to raise awareness about violence and crime near Jack Abrams Intermediate School. (Newsday Photo / Mahala Gaylord / March 19, 2010)

UPDATE: Hundreds turned out for the meeting demanding answers.

Says the Newsday story today:

"During the first of two public commentary sessions at Jack Abrams, parents alternately applauded the board and chastised them over the vote."

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This should be a wild one.

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The Huntington School District is holding its first meeting tonight following its decision last month to create a districtwide sixth-grade center at Jack Abrams Intermediate School.

Since the decision, which came as a result of debate over violence near the school, opponents have picketed outside town hall and mobilized through e-mail and Facebook as they investigate ways to derail the plan. They also created an online petition that lays out several alternatives, including creating a community center at Jack Abrams, or turning the former Touro Law School building into the sixth-grade center.

The board meeting is set for 7:30 p.m. at Jack Abrams, 155 Lowndes Ave., Huntington Station.