Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Council Member Elizabeth Crowley gets Department of Education to Allow a One Month Review Period for New Maspeth High School...

Council Member Elizabeth Crowley succeeded today in persuading the Department of Education (DOE) to allow a one-month review period for the new Maspeth High School, opening a dialogue between parents, community leaders, the City Council and the DOE. The decision came in response to appeals by Council Member Elizabeth Crowley and the community to allow more time to discuss the future use of the school.

"We have an opportunity to build a great school that will benefit our community and help alleviate the dire overcrowding in public high schools throughout Queens," said Queens Council Member Elizabeth Crowley. "However, by refusing neighborhood preference to local students, the DOE's proposed plans for the new Maspeth high school do not address the infrastructure and education needs of our community. I look forward to working with parents, community leaders and the DOE, in the coming weeks, on a new plan that is the best possible solution for our community and our kids."

The DOE will again present its proposal for the school before the City Council in approximately one month.

Council Member Elizabeth Crowley encourages community members to participate in this discussion by attending the Community Education Council's meeting on Tuesday, February 24 at PS 58 on Grand Avenue in Maspeth at 7pm.