City Wants Input On Adding Seats At Local Schools

The city is considering bulking up area schools with more than 1,000 new seats in District 22 (Sheepshead Bay, Flatbush, Midwood), and more than 5,000 citywide.

According to the Brooklyn Eagle, the Department of Education has proposed an amendment to the city’s 2010 – 2014 Capital Plan that will place 5,123 new elementary and middle school seats to

eventually sell to charter operators

school districts across the city. DOE officials are asking for public input before going ahead with the plan.

According to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Education Committee Chair Robert Jackson, the new seats won’t add a penny to the $11.3 billion Capital Plan. Instead it’ll be done by shifting chairs from shrinking districts to growing districts and “re-estimating construction costs and through the reallocation of existing resources.”

Oral and written comments will be accepted from Dec. 1, 2009 to Jan. 15, 2010. Written comments can be sent to capitalplan@schools.nyc.gov. Oral comments can be left at (212) 374-6853

For more information, contact Liz Bergin, New York City School Construction Authority, 30-30 Thomson Ave., Long Island City, N.Y. 11101, or call (212) 374-6853.

[via Bklyn Eagle]

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