On Friday, August 28, the New York City Department of Education’s Office of District Planning (DOE – ODP) requested placement on the Agenda for the CEC’s public business meeting on Tuesday, September 1. The ODP intends to share with the CEC and the public at least one preliminary scenario for rezoning PS 8, which they have said will include a preliminary map and additional scenario details.
We have agreed to this request and are presently revising our agenda to reflect the DOE’s presentation. The expected presentation is NOT a formal zoning proposal (i.e., it does not begin a timeline that would require a CEC vote within 45 days); rather it is aimed at generating community and CEC input toward a formal zoning proposal that the DOE will submit at a later date.
Please note that, despite our requests for an opportunity to review any scenarios in advance so as to better engage our communities, the DOE has NOT provided the CEC any specific information about its preliminary scenario(s) and we are therefore unable to share any details at this time.
Tuesday’s meeting starts at 6:30 pm at the District Office at 355 Park Place at Underhill Ave in Prospect Heights.
We will share any additional information as it becomes available. Please see our revised agenda updated to allocate time for the DOE ODP to make its rezoning presentation.
Update 8/23/2015: Please see the subsequent post to the post below — the DOE has provided further guidance to the CEC that what will be delivered the week of 8/31 will not be the final proposal on which the CEC will be expected to vote, but rather a set of proposed scenarios (maps) to be reviewed for input.
As many of you are aware, the NYC Department of Education (DOE) has stated publicly that it has concluded that the zone size of PS 8 needs to be reduced. Accordingly, the CEC for District 13 is expecting a proposal from the DOE to rezone PS 8 to reduce its zoned area in the neighborhoods of Brooklyn Heights and DUMBO. We expect this rezoning to impact the school zones of PS 8 and PS 307.
The DOE has now informed the CEC that it is working toward a delivery date of the rezoning proposal to the CEC on August 31. The CEC had asked the DOE that the rezoning proposal be delivered by now.
As a CEC we are charged with representing the parents and children of District 13, and as such we share the concern of many parents about the very tight timeline prescribed by the DOE process. We will continue to press on the DOE to deliver this proposal as soon as possible. As soon as we have a proposal from the DOE we will share it with the D13 parent community and public at large via multiple channels, including the CEC13.org website.
Finally, please mark your calendars for CEC 13’s September calendar meeting, during which we expect discussion of the DOE rezoning proposal will be the primary topic. September 30th, 6pm at PS 307. Please see the CEC calendar for more info.