Remember when the Rezoning Proposal for P.S. 39, 10, 321 and 107 was announced, and lots of parents who had bought real estate in SPECIFIC neighborhoods JUST so their kids could go to SPECIFIC schools got REALLY MAD?
In light of all the bitching, the Department of Education announced a new rezoning plan yesterday that should appease some of those who are P-O'd. Via DNA Info, "The newly proposed P.S. 321 zone eliminates 13 blocks between Fifth Avenue and Third Avenue running from President Street to Sixth Street between Third and Fourth avenues, and President Street to Fifth Street between Fourth and Fifth avenues. Families in that area would send their kids to a newly created elementary school set to open next year in the former St. Thomas Aquinas school building at 211 Eighth St. and Fourth Avenue."
In short: Parents of P.S. 39 are happy that they won't have to schlep their kids off to another school, while parents cut out from P.S. 321's zone will probably continue to hate the Department of Education. One dad at the meeting did have a pretty popular idea, however, when he asked if parents who currently own real estate in the current P.S. 321 zone could be grandfathered into the revised zone.
Others have expressed concern that the proposed rezoning of P.S. 321 would have an effect on the school's racial and socioeconomic diversity. The DOE Director of Planning Carrie Marlin responded to this by claiming that she and other officials have taken that factor into consideration and that the rezoning would have a "very, very minimal impact" on the school's diversity.
And for those who still have plenty of complaining to do, or questions to ask, Councilman Brad Lander will hold more public meetings about the rezoning proposal before The District Community Education Council votes on it on November 28.