2005-03-11 / Community

BP Visits MS 53: Plans to Call For Capital Improvements

By Miriam Rosenberg


The school’s custodian points out exposed pipes, wooden boards and unpainted concrete to Borough President Marshall. Marshall said the needed repairs for MS 53 required capital improvement appropriations. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg.The school’s custodian points out exposed pipes, wooden boards and unpainted concrete to Borough President Marshall. Marshall said the needed repairs for MS 53 required capital improvement appropriations. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg. Contributing Editor

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.

During the tour of MS 53, Marshall points to two windows that provide the only outside light to a classroom she inspects. To Marshall’s left is MS 53 PTA president Samantha Parker.During the tour of MS 53, Marshall points to two windows that provide the only outside light to a classroom she inspects. To Marshall’s left is MS 53 PTA president Samantha Parker. “It seems to me you need more than patchwork,” she told Principal Claude Monereau.

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,”

Looking down to the roof of a floor below, Marshall sees black roofing that was used to cover the cement.Looking down to the roof of a floor below, Marshall sees black roofing that was used to cover the cement. “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.

Principal Claude Monereau meets with Queens Special Assistant for Education Roseann Darche, Marshall and MS 53 PTA President Samantha Parker in his office before taking the borough president on a tour of the school.Principal Claude Monereau meets with Queens Special Assistant for Education Roseann Darche, Marshall and MS 53 PTA President Samantha Parker in his office before taking the borough president on a tour of the school.

Borough President Helen Marshall joins Principal Claude Monereau, school staff, parents, UFT representatives, District 27 Superintendent Michelle Lloyd-Bey, Roseann Darche (Special Assistant for Education) and students Maria Fields and Winston Gooding (seated) for a photo after a tour of MS 53.Borough President Helen Marshall joins Principal Claude Monereau, school staff, parents, UFT representatives, District 27 Superintendent Michelle Lloyd-Bey, Roseann Darche (Special Assistant for Education) and students Maria Fields and Winston Gooding (seated) for a photo after a tour of MS 53.

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