On February 28, the Auburndale Improvement Association sent Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina a letter requesting to meet with her regarding PS 130 at 200-01 42nd Avenue in Bayside.
To date, we have received no response from her or anyone on her staff. The letter was sent certified, return receipt requested, so we know that our letter was received by the Chancellor’s office.
In the letter, we told the chancellor about our civic association’s goal to allow local children living around PS 130 priority placement in that school. The school is geographically in District 26, but is utilized by District 25.
Most students are bused in or arrive at the school by car from other distant areas. Meanwhile, children living around the school have to be bused to other overcrowded schools in District 26.
We sent the chancellor a petition with over 200 petition signatures and many comments from residents living immediately around PS 130. They want the school back. Surely, their concerns deserve some type of consideration.
If PS 130 were returned to the local community, it would no doubt alleviate the need to construct a school on the Keil property in Bayside. There is still a lot of controversy swirling around that plan.
We would still like to meet with Chancellor Farina to discuss this issue further. We have written her a second letter to request a meeting and we have asked our local elected officials for support in this endeavor.
There must be some way to enable local children to receive priority placement at PS 130. We feel that would be in the best educational interest of our neighborhood children.
At the same time, we do not wish to interrupt the education of those students currently attending PS 130. By meeting, details can be worked out so that everyone wins.
First Vice President
Auburndale Improvement Association