For the past few years, local activists have been pushing the city’s Department of Education (DOE) to build a new school as part of the Seward Park development project. Now local elected officials are asking the DOE why the school is not part of the capital Plan for fiscal years 2015-2019.
DOE Chancellor Dennis Walcott at P.S. 20.
New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott was on the Lower East Wednesday night for a town hall meeting. He answered questions from parents and other interested members of the public during a sparsely attended hour-long gathering at P.S. 20 on Essex Street. The event was hosted by the District 1 Community Education Council.
Among the issues raised during the forum: Community Board 3′s desire to build a new school in the neighborhood as part of the Seward Park Mixed-Use Development Plan. Earlier this month, the city released a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the 1.6 million square foot project. City planners agreed to set aside a 15,000 square foot parcel at the corner of Grand and Suffolk streets for a school.