BP Visits MS 53: Plans to Call For Capital Improvements
Keeping a promise she had made in December, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall toured Brian Piccolo Middle School 53 on March 3. What she saw during the visit, in her words is an “unfinished school.”
As she walked through the school, Marshall saw a building that has been neglected for years. She saw walls filled with pockmarks and never smoothed over, exposed pipes, rooms with only small skylight windows that would leak during heavy rains and ceilings that were never painted.
Marshall, who had nothing but praise for the principal, the staff and its students told The Wave, “The school got caught up in the economic crunch in 1972. There are schools with this problem all over,”
“I am going to see about getting capital appropriations to fix the school,” Marshall promised. The visit was a result of Principal Monereau’s invitation to Marshall at a Good Government Regular Democratic Club meeting on December 2 for her to visit the school to survey its problems.
Joining Marshall and Monereau on the tour of MS 53 were several staff members, students, a UFT representative, Queens Special Assistant for Education Roseann Darche, president of the MS 53 PTA Samantha Parker and District 27 Superintendent Michelle Lloyd-Bey.