2002-12-21 / Letters

When Hell Freezes Over!

When Hell Freezes Over!

Dear Editor;

Hey Howie! It's time to think outside of the box to solve the public school rezoning controversy in the West End, which impacts P.S. 114 and P.S. 225. My plan is simple/logical, and should be embraced by District 27 school authorities, the school board, and most particularly neighborhood community groups.

Although P.S. 114 is the closest school to Breezy Point and Roxbury, to consider it their neighborhood school is ludicrous. Further, this school board has historically supported the busing of children beyond their neighborhood schools. Point in fact is the children from Ocean Village who are now bused to P. S. 225. The school board and school authorities have always pointed out the positive impacts of the busing.

I recommend that the children from Breezy Point and Roxbury, who are already bused from anywhere from 2 to 4 miles, continue another 1.5 miles on the bus and attend school with the children of Ocean Village at P.S. 225. The ethnically diverse children who live in the confines of Beach 116 to 148 Street could attend P.S. 114, their true neighborhood school. This is a win-win situation for all the children involved. Both schools would now become ethnically balanced and children from varying cultures/ethnic backgrounds could interact together. For the sake of the children, ethnic balance and fairness I urge all involved to take on this plan, and to be implemented in the September 2003 school year.

JAMES DARRIGAN


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