District 30

Incumbent Elizabeth Crowley comes out on top after tough challenge
Incumbent Elizabeth Crowley comes out on top after tough challenge
Politics Liam La Guerre 11/06/2013 at 2:15AM

Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley will return to the City Council after overcoming a stiff challenge from candidate Craig Caruana. The councilmember celebrated the win with supporters and family members at her victory party at Woodhaven House in Middle Village, after the race initially seemed close. “This has been a long campaign, but the people of the [...]

Department of Education: Gifted and talented classes will stay
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 4/17/2013 at 11:03AM

The Department of Education (DOE) has decided to withdraw its controversial plan to cut the gifted and talented classes at P.S. 122. after last week’s meeting with concerned parents, teachers and elected officials from across School District 30. “We’ve listened, and we know what an exceptional job P.S. 122 is doing with its G&T middle [...]

Schools Chancellor Walcott meets with parents over gifted and talented cuts
Schools Chancellor Walcott meets with parents over gifted and talented cuts
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 4/11/2013 at 5:06PM

True to his word, Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor Dennis Walcott met with parents, teachers and elected officials from across School District 30 to talk about the proposed cuts to the prestigious gifted and talented program at P.S. 122. “When families have a great experience in their school, we celebrate that and we appreciate the [...]

Schools Chancellor Walcott to meet with parents over gifted and talented cuts
Schools Chancellor Walcott to meet with parents over gifted and talented cuts
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 3/27/2013 at 12:05PM

After weeks protesting proposed cuts to the gifted and talented program at P.S. 122, the voices of the parents in District 30 have finally been heard by Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. The parents, along with other concerned and outraged school and community members, confronted Walcott at a Panel for Education Policy meeting in Brooklyn on [...]

New schools to ease overcrowding in western Queens
New schools to ease overcrowding in western Queens
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 3/06/2013 at 2:38PM

Two new schools will help alleviate overcrowding in Jackson Heights and Corona in the next two years, according to the School Construction Authority (SCA). The first school, P.S. 287, is scheduled to debut this September at 110-08 Northern Boulevard in Corona. Located in District 24, the four-story building will serve pre-K through fifth grade and [...]

PCB leak in LIC school scares staff, parents
PCB leak in LIC school scares staff, parents
Education & Kids Alexa Altman 9/20/2012 at 10:21AM

A mysterious liquid dripping from a light fixture at a Long Island City middle school alarmed staff and faculty members who discovered the substance was the potentially toxic polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB). The head custodian at I.S. 204 spotted the brown fluid trickling off a fixture in a guidance counselor’s office around 2:45 p.m. on Monday, [...]

Rezoning would help class size in District 30
Education & Kids Alexa Altman 9/19/2012 at 5:04PM

The Department of Education (DOE) is “zoning in” on overcrowding. The DOE is rezoning School District 30, expanding the capacity of local elementary schools to alleviate severe overcrowding. The extension will incorporate Q329, a new K-5 elementary school, set to open with three kindergarten sections in September 2013. The new school, located at 26-25 97th [...]

More middle school seats coming to Jackson Heights
More middle school seats coming to Jackson Heights
Education & Kids Alexa Altman 8/13/2012 at 2:02PM

Students corralled in overcrowded classrooms may soon be able to stretch their legs while exercising their minds. Councilmember Daniel Dromm and Borough President Helen Marshall celebrated breaking ground on I.S. 297Q — a new middle school, expected to open in the fall of 2014 in Jackson Heights — at a ceremony on Tuesday, August 7. [...]