The School Construction Authority (SCA) says that if residents do not want a new elementary school on the Keil property in Bayside, an alternate site should be recommended.
The SCA should be told (again) that we have another site for a school in District 26, and that site is PS 130 at Francis Lewis Blvd. and 42nd Avenue. The school is geographically in District 26, but as many know, it was stolen from the community many years ago.
After several incarnations, it was turned over to District 25 with local students effectively shut out and bused off to overcrowded schools like PS 31 (near the Keil property), PS 162 and PS 159. If PS 130 were to be reclaimed for District 26, it would take the pressure off of those other schools. A new elementary school may be appropriate in other District 26 areas and/or in District 25.
The Auburndale Improvement Association has collected over 200 signatures from residents living around PS 130 demanding that the school be returned to our community. Many include detailed statements demonstrating just how upset and outraged local residents are.
So far, we have received no response from Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Department of Education, SCA, or the two local superintendents regarding the petitions.
The community around PS 130 will not give up until that school is returned to local children. Our fight will continue until we are successful.
First Vice President
Auburndale Improvement Association