2002-12-21 / Letters

Check Out PS 114 Rezoning

Check Out PS 114 Rezoning

Dear Editor;

 On Tuesday night, there was a District 27 Rockaway school-rezoning meeting held at P.S. 225. First, there were two notable absences. One was the scarce attendance by members of the Rockaway Park and Belle Harbor communities. By not attending these meetings, the possibility of your community school being rezoned by the school board will be left virtually unchallenged. The other unexplainable absence was that of our usually astute Wave representative.

Proposal # 4 was introduced, highlighted by the shifting of the cut-off boundary for P.S. 114 from B.122 St. to B.129 St. The school board stated that that this proposal was made for information purposes only, brought forth at the request of some FAR ROCKAWAY residents. Not knowing the motive of the school board, one must remain suspect of their intentions.

One reason P.S. 114 is being considered for rezoning is to change ethnic balances at P.S. 114 and P.S. 225. Rezoning and opening up seats at P.S. 114 would allegedly allow room for non-white pupils residing outside the current boundary. Unfortunately, the boundary shift from B.122 St. to B.129 St. would effectively remove the only non-white population currently attending P.S.114. The school board would in actuality be removing many non-whites that live between B.122 St. and B.129 St. and replacing those children with non-whites who would then need to be bused to the school from distant locations. This would fly in the face of reasoning since one of the main goals behind rezoning is to alleviate the busing of students.

I urge everyone in the affected areas, the entire P.S. 114 community and the Wave to attend the next (and LAST) school board meeting and voice your objections to Proposal # 4. This message is for you whether you have children in the school or not. We don't want the few, telling us that we will not be allowed to send our children to our neighborhood school. You have one last chance before the school board vote on rezoning.

SCOTT HARWOOD


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