New York School Construction Authority's site plan for a new 850 seat combination middle/high school at 10 East 15th Street b/w 5th Ave. & Union Square West
WHEREAS, The School Construction Authority (SCA) has announced its intention to develop a new building that would house a middle school with approximately 300 seats and a separate high school with approximately 550 seats on the south side of East 15th St. Between 5th Ave and Union Square West; and
WHEREAS, The building, currently owned by the teamsters union, would be purchased and not leased by the Department of Education for utilization as a new Public School; and
WHEREAS, The School Construction Authority has not finalized any of the design elements but is currently proposing to raze the existing building and construct an 8 story structure to house the two schools with a shared "Gymatorium," and separate lunch rooms; and
WHEREAS, The SCA estimates that this process could take anywhere between 3 and 5 years to complete but will do everything possible to complete the work in a timely and efficient manner; and
WHEREAS, CB5 is one of the four highest-growth neighborhoods and one of the four neighborhoods at highest risk for neighborhood-wide school overcrowding in Manhattan; and
WHEREAS, The Clinton School for Writers and Artists is scheduled to be moved out of its current location in a building that it has for several decades shared with P.S. 11; and
WHEREAS, Parents and other interested parties of The Clinton School for Writers and Artists brought the site's potential as a school to the attention of the SCA and have been instrumental in working with SCA in order to facilitate the acquisition and development of the site as a new Public School; therefore be it
RESOLVED, That CB5 supports and looks forward to the development of this new school and urges the Mayor and City Council to approve it when it comes before them for a vote; and be it further
RESOLVED, That CB5 strongly urges the Department of Education (DOE) to locate The Clinton School for Writers and Artists in the middle-school portion of the new Public School building; and be it further
RESOLVED, That CB5 strongly urges the Department of Education's (DOE) to continue its search for, and development of, more much needed new school seats within the CB5 district.
The above resolution passed with a vote of 32 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstaining, 1 not entitled to vote.