2005-03-11 / Community

CEC 27 To Fill Three Slots Despite Upcoming Election

By Howard Schwach


Community Education Council (CEC) 27 will vote next Thursday night to appoint three new people to the council despite the fact that the tenure of all of its members ends on June 30 – less than four months from now.

There are actually four vacancies on the eleven-member parent board. Parent association officials in each of the district’s schools elect nine parent members, while the other two, who may be community activists, are appointed by Borough President Helen Marshall.

While the Department of Education (DOE) announced that four vacancies existed in CEC 27 and that applications for the empty slots were due on March 11, that deadline has now been extended to March 19.

A spokesperson for the DOE would not comment on why the deadline had been extended for a week, but it is widely believed that there was an insufficient number of applications citywide to hold the upcoming election.

According to Maria Hochauser, spokesperson for CEC 27 in its meeting notice, three of the vacancies were created by the resignation of Maritza Porrata and Tim Poulos, two members who were elected last year.

The third was created by the resignation of Marshall’s appointee, Maria Camacho, who once sat on Community Board 27.

It was not revealed as to who created the fourth vacancy.

To be appointed to the council are Keisha Blair, Inderianeet Hiralal and Karl Young.

Applications for the CEC can be found at the DOE’s website and at offices around the city.

None of those who resigned their seats could be reached for comment.

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