MALONEY URGES BOARD OF ED. TO KEEP P.S. 151 SITE FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM
NEW YORK: Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (Manhattan, Queens) and a coalition of East Side elected officials are fighting to preserve the already low number of public schools in the area. Maloney and the coalition recently urged the New York City Board of Education to keep a prime piece of East Side real estate, where P.S. 151 currently exists, as a site for public education. The P.S. 151 building is scheduled to close at the end of this school year due to the building's physical decay and because it is sinking into the sediment of its 91st Street and 1st Avenue location.
Maloney recently wrote a letter to School's Chancellor Harold Levy asking that the P.S. 151 location be retained by the Board of Education and used specifically for a new school. The letter was signed by the Coalition of East Side Elected Officials, which includes Maloney, Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, State Senator Roy Goodman, Assemblyman Pete Grannis, Assemblyman John Ravitz, Assemblyman Steve Sanders, Councilman A. Gifford Miller, and Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz. The building can adequately hold 270 students but is now holding only 157 students because of its scheduled closure.
Maloney said: "My constituents on the East Side are already underserved by our public school system. There are too few schools in this neighborhood where we are already witnessing rapid growth in the number of school-aged children. We cannot just sit back and watch plans for the sale of the P.S. 151 location move forward under these circumstances. The School Board must keep P.S. 151, rebuild or renovate it, and reopen it to serve the children and concerned parents living on the East Side. Every child is entitled to a public education. We need all the schools we can get to meet growing demand on the East Side."