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Dept. of Ed Plays Russian Roulette with School Buildings

Written by Joanna Fantozzi on March 15, 2013. Posted in Breaking NewsNews & Features West Side SpiritWest Side Spirit.

Parents are outraged that the DOE can’t tell them which of two possible Upper West Side schools will be demolished and rebuilt
q1991The Upper West Side community has come down hard on the Department of Education for not communicating to the public about possibly demolishing and rebuilding P.S. 191 on West 61st Street, and P.S. 199 on West 70th Street. At a meeting last week with Community Board 7 and the Community Education Council for District 3, the DOE revealed that it only plans to rebuild one of three schools: P.S. 191, P.S. 199 or The School of Cooperative Technical Education on the Upper East Side, and that the plans are only in the preliminary stages.
“Why are we concerned? The incredible lack of notice,” said Mark Diller, the chair of Community Board 7. “We only found out about the project because a P.S. 199 parent who reads Crain’s noticed an ad announcing expressions of interest for three city owned sites. They gave addresses but never said that they are public schools. But the parent was savvy and recognized the school’s address.”

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