The local school board hopes to make crucial decisions this month about the city’s plan to rezone up to 11 Upper West Side schools, and two hearing dates have already been set. With kids about to return to school, many parents who had been away or tuned-out for the summer may be getting their first taste of what’s to come.
The city has floated two plans to rezone the schools. In both plans, PS 191 would move into a new school on 61st and West End in 2017. In one plan, PS 452 would move into PS 191’s old home at 61st and Amsterdam. In the other PS 452 would stay put and a new school would be placed in the old 191. Under both plans, the changes would ripple throughout the district, causing zoning line changes to several other schools too. We last detailed the changes (with maps!) and the rationale here.
Kim Watkins, the chair of the zoning committee, wants the school board to choose one of the two plans by the end of September so that a city board can make decisions on which schools need to be moved, and so that zoning board members can address more specific concerns. The school board, known as CEC3, is expected to vote on the final proposal by late October/early November.
So far, here are the two main sticking points: some parents at PS 452 don’t want to move to the new school, and have sent 212 emails in opposition, with about two dozen people emailing more than once. And people in 165 and 185 West End Avenue are opposing the plan, because they would be zoned out of the PS 199 district, splitting them off from other buildings in the Lincoln Towers complex. That issue drew 111 email complaints.
The hearings are currently scheduled for Saturday Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. and Monday Sept. 19 at 6 p.m. Locations haven’t been set yet. Other meeting dates are in the document below.
We’ve posted an update explaining the latest info from CEC3 below.