Dmytro Fedkowskyj was on the Community Education Council (CEC) for District 24 from 2004 to 2008, when he was appointed by former Queens Borough President Helen Marshall to the Panel for Education Policy (PEP) until 2013.
Now, Fedkowskyj is running for a seat on CEC 24 once again, and hopes members of the local parent-teacher associations (PTAs) will support his candidacy.
“It’s time to get back,” he said. “I’ve got time in my schedule that allows me to dedicate to safeguarding the interests of public school education. It’s a passion of mine.”
When Fedkowskyj first started, he had daughters who were in elementary school. Now they’re in college, but he also has an eight-year-old son in the second grade.
“I think I can contribute a lot of leadership and advocacy to the parents of the district,” he said. “I hope parents will give me that opportunity to serve.”
One issue Fedkowskyj would focus on is overcrowding, particularly in the neighborhoods of Corona, Maspeth and Middle Village. He said finding new sites for schools can be difficult, but there are schools where the city can build extensions.
“I understand the time it takes to build schools, but we need to accelerate that some more,” he said. “We have to make sure everyone in the district has sufficient space so our kids are learning with libraries, music rooms and art rooms.”
Fedkowskyj is facing a crowded field of 26 candidates. Only nine will be elected to serve on CEC24.
“We have to see past the problem and find the solution, I have experience in doing that,” he said. “I’m hopeful I can work with a board to focus on the goals and what we can do. I’m ready to go.”