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Community board chair fires back at Walcott over school employee threats
Community board chair fires back at Walcott over school employee threats
Northeast Melissa Chan 5/14/2013 at 2:04PM

The city’s schools chancellor chastised a community board leader after residents allegedly threatened his employees at a rowdy Bayside meeting last week. “I would never allow anyone to be treated in this manner and would expect that you have the same standard,” Dennis Walcott said. The head of the city’s public education system expressed his [...]

City may take legal action after contentious Bayside community board meeting
Northeast Melissa Chan 5/09/2013 at 11:29AM

The city might take legal action after two school construction officials were threatened Monday at a contentious community board meeting. Bayside residents were enraged at a proposal by the city’s School Construction Authority (SCA) to build a 416-seat elementary school at 210-11 48th Avenue. They said it would destroy their quality of life, worsen parking [...]

Bayside residents oppose school in place of Keil Bros Garden Center
Bayside residents oppose school in place of Keil Bros Garden Center
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 5/08/2013 at 12:02PM

Build a school, say Bayside residents, just not in our backyards. Community Board (CB) 11 voted against a controversial proposal to build an elementary school in the place of a popular garden center after enraged residents who live near the 210-11 48th Avenue site vehemently opposed it. “This area is saturated with schools, and we [...]

Corona school plans halted over street closure
Corona school plans halted over street closure
Education & Kids Alexa Altman 1/17/2013 at 12:12PM

Concerned over congestion, a Community Board slammed on the brakes when construction plans for a Corona school involved a temporary street closing. According to Community Board 4 District Manager Christian Cassagnol, the board voted down the motion 14 to 10 when the Department of Education (DOE) and the School Construction Authority (SCA) requested 44th Avenue [...]

School bus drivers threaten to strike after holiday break
School bus drivers threaten to strike after holiday break
Central Billy Rennison 12/21/2012 at 12:06PM

After the new year, kids may be looking for a new way to get to school. Yellow school bus drivers have threatened to strike when children are scheduled to return to school after the holidays. The city’s contract with Amalgamated Transit Union’s Local 1181 is set to expire in June and a bid, open to [...]

Sunnyside will get new school to assist growing population
Sunnyside will get new school to assist growing population
Education & Kids Alexa Altman 12/18/2012 at 8:59AM

A Queens neighborhood desperately in need of class space for its booming student population is getting a state-of-the-art $57.3 million facility. A spokesperson for the Department of Education (DOE) said the agency is in the early stages of developing plans for a new school to be located at 45-46 42nd Street in Sunnyside, between Queens [...]

Parents fume over dwindling gifted and talented program
Education & Kids Alexa Altman 10/26/2012 at 2:42PM

Expanding demand and dwindling supply of middle school gifted and talented seats in Long Island City have parents fuming over the possibility of their children getting dropped from the program. Kids from P.S. 122 and P.S. 150 were previously promised seats through 8th grade, filtering into the middle school program at P.S. 122. In line [...]

Back to school…back to fitness
Education & Kids Queens Courier Staff 8/25/2012 at 7:57AM

BY BARBARA BRENSEKE With the start of school approaching, parents will once again be faced with the chaos and craziness of early mornings, homework projects, scout meetings, sports practices and games, as well as, the constant chauffeuring that comes with having kids. The good news is that although you may look a bit crazy when [...]