Proposed zoning for two new elementary schools: P.S. 281 and Foundling Hospital Elementary School
At the monthly meeting of Community Board Five on Thursday, November 08, 2012, the Board passed the following resolution by a vote of 35 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining:
WHEREAS, DOE is proposing to zone two new elementary schools: PS 281, located at 1st Avenue and 35th Street, and Foundling Elementary school, located at 17th St & 6th Ave; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five commends the DOE and SCA for building new schools in a district that suffers endemic overcrowding; and
WHEREAS, According to DOE data, the proposed zone for PS281 does not provide enough relief to overcrowding at PS40; and
WHEREAS, According to DOE data, the new zone for PS281 will create an uneven ratio of free lunch students in the neighboring schools affected by the rezoning; and
WHEREAS, Community Board Five believes that school zones should reflect neighborhood natural boundaries as much as possible; therefore be it
RESOLVED, Community Board Five is urging the DOE to revise its zone boundaries as follows and to address the following concerns:
- Broaden boundaries of Foundling School to encompass Park Avenue South to the East and to encompass 23rd Street to the North.
- Redraw the zones boundaries of PS281 to even the number of Free Lunch students between the affected schools; and be it further
RESOLVED, Community Board Five is urging the DOE and SCA to better assess enrollment and to keep building new elementary schools to alleviate the still acute overcrowding problem faced by elementary schools serving CB5 students.