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Budget, Education & City Services

Proposed New School

WHEREAS, The School Construction Authority (SCA) has announced its intention to develop a new elementary school with approximately 560 seats on the first six floors of the building that currently houses the Foundling Hospital on the southeast corner of 6th Avenue and West 17th Street; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five commends Community Board Two’s Social Services & Education Committee, the Public School Parent Advocacy Committee, the Rudin Family and New York State Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, without whose work this new school would not have come to fruition; and

WHEREAS, The proposed school includes dedicated facilities for special education, a child developmentally appropriate design and creative implementation of outdoor space; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five currently has no elementary or middle school in our borders; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five is  one of the four highest-growth neighborhoods and one of the four neighborhoods at highest risk for neighborhood-wide school overcrowding in Manhattan; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five supports and looks forward to the development of this new school and urges the Mayor and City Council to approve it when it comes before them for a vote and; and be it further

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five strongly urges that the Department of Education’s (DOE) commitment to lower class size (20 children per class in kindergarten through 3rd grade and 23 children per class for grades 4 and above) guide the SCA as it designs the new school and is honored once the school is operational.  

The above resolution passed with a vote of   28 in favor, 0 opposed, 1 abstaining.

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