Girls Prep supporters and students descended on City Hall as the sun was setting yesterday afternoon for a rally to keep the pressure on the Department of Education. The school wants to expand its Middle School in District 1. Earlier in the day, parents from several neighborhood schools and elected officials held a press conference — battling to keep the DOE from taking away their classroom space to accommodate Girls Prep.
Meanwhile the Community Education Council received the following message from Girls Prep and P.S. 94 yesterday:
We, Ronnie Shuster Principal P94 and Miriam Lewis Raccah Executive Director Girls Preparatory Charter School, are writing to inform you that we have met and are working together to develop a plan that would meet the needs of P94 and Girls Prep in the P.S. 188 building. The plan we are working on will not affect the configuration of P.S. 188 classrooms. All of the proposed changes will take place on the 5th floor. We are excited to be able to continue our collaboration in the P.S. 188 campus building and hope that we will be able to maintain model programs for all three schools.
All three schools – P.S. 188, P.S. 94 and Girls Prep share a building on East Houston Street.
Here’s some of yesterday’s rally – Girls Prep founder Miriam Raccah making her case: