An education town hall meeting attended by local elected officials and families, revealed the designs and zoning of the new schools currently being built in Western Queens. The meeting, which took place on January 17, was held by City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan and by members of Community Board 2.
The meeting, which took place at Sunnyside Community Services, discussed about the schools south of Queens Boulevard within Community Education Council 24 (CEC 24). Over 40 local families were in attendance to view presentations made by members of the School Construction Authority and Department of Education. The design for P.S. 313, to be located at 45-46 42nd Street in Sunnyside, was revealed here by the School Construction Authority.
The school will seat up to 430 students and is set to open in September 2014. The Department of Education discussed about how zoning would apply to the new schools and how they would impact the issue of overcrowding in CEC 24. Principal Anthony Inzerillo of P.S. 199 and Principal Judy Lynn Mittler of I.S. 125 were on hand to discuss about the various arts and education programs in existing local schools that are already available to students and their parents.
Finally, on January 14 Community Education Council 30 (CEC 30) held a town hall meeting with Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. The meeting's purpose was to advocate for further expansion of the gifted and talented programs found within schools from District 30, which include P.S. 150 and P.S. 166, and schools throughout District 26. Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer was in attendance at this meeting.