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DOE proposes rezoning plan to ease overcrowding at Jackson Heights school


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Map Courtesy of the Department of Education

One middle school in Jackson Heights may soon be less crowded.

The Department of Education (DOE) announced proposed rezoning changes to move the boundaries for I.S. 145, at 33-34 80th St., and I.S. 230, at 73-10 34th Ave. in Jackson Heights. The changes would take effect for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Under the rezoning, the boundaries for I.S. 230 would expand to serve a new annex located at 74-03 34th Ave., slated to open in September. The new building is expected to accommodate 420 middle school students.

After the rezoning, about 120 incoming sixth graders from I.S. 145 would be zoned to I.S. 230 in the 2015-2016 school year. No current students will be affected.

According to the DOE, the plan was developed through working with Community Education Council 30 in addressing the needs of the community.

“This rezoning plan reflects a year-long collaboration between the Department and the CEC to create a proposal that best addresses the needs of the entire community,” said  DOE spokesperson Harry Hartfield. “Any final approval of the plan will be decided by the CEC for District 30.”

Isaac Carmignani, co-president and chair of the zoning committee of CEC 30, said the rezoning would bring some relief to the overcrowding of I.S. 145, which together with I.S. 230, is part of School District 30 which suffers from a chronic overcrowding problem.

Currently I.S. 145’s sixth grade is 948 seats and after the rezoning, the number would drop to between 815 and 835. I.S. 230’s size would increase from 350 seats to between 460 to 480.

“It doesn’t change the fact that they are going to still be tightly packed schools,” said Carmignani. “We all are looking at the bigger picture.”

Other schools that might be affected by the rezoning include P.S. 69, P.S. 149, P.S. 212 and P.S. 222 in Jackson Heights, P.S. 228 and P.S. 148 in East Elmhurst, and P.S. 152 in Woodside.

A public meeting to discuss the proposed rezoning changes and learn more information on how it will affect students will be held on Monday, Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. at I.S. 145.

“What we are trying to do is have as much community engagement as possible,” said Carmignani. “We’re looking forward to continue working on this issue as the months and years go by.”

For more information, contact CEC 30 at 718-391-8380 or email cec30@schools.nyc.gov.

 

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Rezoning would help class size in District 30


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

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 Street in East Elmhurst, will serve elementary school students residing in the East Elmhurst and Jackson Heights areas of the district.

The updated school district, carved from a portion of P.S./I.S. 127’s current zone, will also impact P.S. 228, P.S. 149 and P.S. 148. According to the DOE, the four schools impacted by rezoning are an average of 200 kids over capacity.

No schools will be removed from the district and only incoming kindergartners and students new to the school system will be moed into a different school, according to the DOE.

Councilmember Julissa Ferreras believes rezoning is a major step in providing area children the education they deserve, which doesn’t involve 10 a.m. lunch times and classes taught in overflowing rooms.

“How do we move forward when our classrooms are beyond what any teachers is asked to teach safely in,” asked Ferreras. “I’m very excited and looking forward to see the groundbreaking for the four new schools that are going to be built in the area. Changing the lines ever so slightly makes a huge impact for so many families.”

If approved by the Community Education Council (CEC), the rezoning would be implemented during the 2013-2014 school year.