Proposed DOE school rezonings for Park Slope

Proposed DOE school rezonings for Park Slope

As you may have seen, recent articles in DNAinfo and the New York Times cover the NYC Department of Education’s plan for school re-zonings affecting PS 321 and PS 107, and small parts PS 39 and PS 10, four fantastic schools that I’m honored to represent.

The DOE has not yet released the maps of the proposed new school zones.  They will be presented on Wednesday night (see details below) at the District 15 Community Education Council (CEC).  The CEC will vote on the proposal in November. 

The City Council does not have any formal role in the process. But I know that any discussion of school re-zonings is stressful, so I want to provide you as much information as possible, as quickly as I get it from DOE. There will be several opportunities in the coming days to learn more.

As anyone with kids at PS 107 or PS 321 knows, something needs to be done to address over-crowding in those schools. My hope is that we will end up with a proposal that meets the goals of relieving overcrowding, preventing kindergarten wait lists, and ensuring that all families know they are assured a seat at a great local school. I’ll provide more details on Thursday (including the maps), as soon as they are available. But for now I’ll share a few things I’ve heard:

  • Younger siblings whose older brother or sister is currently enrolled in these schools will almost certainly be able to go to the same school (even if they don’t wind up in the new zone). I’ll fight to make sure this is true.
  • A new school, to be located in the St. Thomas Aquinas school building at 4th Avenue and 8th Street – to be designated for some families now zoned for 321 – is proposed to be led by an assistant principal from PS 321.  321’s principal Liz Phillips has committed to mentor and work closely with her, and to build a close bond between the schools. 
  • I’ve spent a lot of time in all 4 of the existing schools, and have many close friends in all of them. They are all fantastic, and we are extraordinarily lucky to have them as our neighborhood public schools.

If you are interested in learning more about the DOE’s proposal, here are a few of the upcoming meetings where it will be discussed:

District 15 CEC meeting Wednesday, October 17, 7-9 pm PS 38 (450 Pacific Street- between 3rd Avenue and Nevins Street) DOE will officially present the plan for the first time here.

PTA Meetings at PS 321 and PS 107 (for parents) Thursday, October 18 Parents at 107 and 321 will have an opportunity to learn more about the proposal at their PTA meetings.

 

Public Education Parents Town Hall Monday, October 22, 6:30 pm MS 51 (350 5th Avenue, between 4th & 5th Streets) Please RSVP here In partnership with Parent Voice NY, my office will be hosting a Public Education Town Hall meeting for parents across District 15. At that meeting, we will be learning and organizing together on issues including reducing overuse of high-stakes testing, school food, special education, PTA support. There will also be an opportunity to talk in more detail about this proposal and about overcrowding in general.

If you are concerned about how the proposed rezoning will affect your family, I hope you will be able to make one of these meetings. I will also be sending out more information as we hear more from DOE about what they are planning. I look forward to talking more with you about this in the weeks to come.

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