1999-10-16 / Front Page

New ‘Supe’ Gives Scoop

Bromme Talks District 27’s Future

Matt Bromme, interim acting superintendent of District 27, speaks on his plans for schools in our area.

By John McLoughlin

Stating that the "future of our families is the future of our community," Harold Rochelle, president of the Rockaway Action Committee, introduced Matthew Bromme, interim acting superintendent of Community School District 27, to the public at a meeting on Wednesday, October 13. The meeting, sponsored by the Rockaway Park Association, Belle Harbor Alliance and Rockaway Action Committee, was a joint effort to strengthen the school-community ties throughout the district.

Bromme, who replaces Brenda Isaacs, has a history in District 27. Since 1991, he has been the principal of JHS 210 in Ozone Park. Once just an "ordinary" junior high, Bromme took the overcrowded school and forged partnerships with colleges and cultural institutions, introduced gifted/talented programs, and brought "pride" to the school, teachers and students.

Wanting to give each child an "opportunity to learn and become successful," Bromme is setting up a system to review each school throughout the district, even making unannounced visits to schools.

Promising "each day we intend to make this district better," Bromme said he and his deputies are putting "our credibility on line."

Bromme’s two deputy superintendents are Marty Weinstein and Michelle Lloyd-Bey, both Rockaway residents and former principals of Rockaway schools.

Addressing the concerns of overcrowding, Bromme said he would be meeting with School Facilities on Thursday, October 14. With the growth of housing in the Rockaways, Bromme said the district needs to anticipate the increasing number of students in the future. He will be recommending a site, owned by the city, on Beach 39 street, for a future school. It is presently a vacant lot.

Addressing the problem of local kids fleeing the district after elementary school, Bromme said the junior high schools have to offer programs that attract parents and students. He is presently searching for a consultant in gifted and talented programs and will be hiring a grant writer for magnet grants.

Calling his philosophy a "process of doing, not just speaking," Bromme said that "good, productive education buildings" keep people in the community.

When posed with a zoning question, Bromme said it is a school board issue, but did say we "have to take a look at how we set up schools."

Calling District 27 a "district in crisis," Bromme said "District 27 can no longer say ‘we can’t’--we have to say ‘How can we do it?’."


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