Please join us on January 5th, 2016, for the CEC’s January working session at 6:30 pm, and, immediately following, a special calendar meeting.
The purpose of the special calendar meeting will be the CEC vote of the proposed rezoning of P.S. 8 and P.S. 307. Immediately before the vote will be a short public comment period.
These back-to-back meetings will be held at PS 56 [170 Gates Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238 –> map].
We expect a very large audience for this meeting as well as a significant press contingent from both local and national media outlets. We strongly encourage you to arrive by 6pm at the latest to get a seat.
Please see below for the agendas for each meeting. (Click on each agenda for an enlarged version.)
We have posted a copy of the map of the NYC Department of Education Office of District Planning rezoning proposed scenario to our rezoning page – this is the map that was presented at last night’s business meeting.
Please remember to take a moment after you’ve reviewed and considered the proposed scenario to submit your comments and questions — these are forwarded directly to the DOE ODP, Superintendent, and CEC.
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.
The NYC Department of Education (“DOE”), in response to the CEC 13 post Thursday, has asked the CEC to further clarify and set expectations to the general public around the expected proposal from the DOE for rezoning of DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights on their behalf.
- The DOE has asked us to clarify that what is expected to be delivered next week (i.e., week of 8/31) is NOT the final proposal on which the CEC will be voting, but rather a set of what are essentially “proposed scenarios” (i.e., maps) that will be a basis for review, discussion, and input into the development of an actual final proposal on which the CEC would vote.
- The DOE has asked us to clarify that they expect to deliver the CEC these proposed scenarios the week of August 31, not necessarily on August 31 itself. We have contextualized to the DOE that’s it’s crucial we get these proposed scenarios before the CEC’s September 1st working session.
We expect that this guidance from the DOE means that September will be a month for the CEC and public to provide the DOE input on these proposed scenarios, with the actual proposal on which the CEC will be expected to vote to be delivered on or immediately before the September 30th calendar meeting (6pm, at PS 307). Please note that per Chancellor’s Regulation A-185, once a final proposal is delivered to the CEC (by the DOE, and specifically the District Superintendent), the CEC must vote on that proposal within 45 days. This means if the CEC is delivered a formal proposal on September 30th, we’d need to vote on that within 45 days of September 30th, perhaps but not necessarily at the October calendar meeting.
It is still not totally clear to us what the guidance is from the DOE around if and how much of the “proposed scenarios” (maps) can be shared with the impacted communities and public at large. As a CEC, our hope and expectation is that the answer should be “all” as we think public input and transparency is crucial to the DOE developing a final proposal that will be acceptable to communities and the CEC, which represents these communities.
We are sharing this update because we, as your CEC, believe it’s critical to keep you abreast on the updates we have as we get them. As we get more detail and clarification from the DOE as to how this process is going to play out, we will share it with you.
We urge you to continue to share your feedback on this process with both the DOE and the CEC through our rezoning comments form.