An Open Letter to the Tribeca Trib

Dear Tribeca Trib,

The proposed move of PS150 to Chelsea featured in several Tribeca Trib stories last spring. Thanks so much for the coverage. This story happily left off with the DOE reversing course allowing PS 150 to remain at the “top of the stairs” at 334 Greenwich Street. There was never a happier first day of school.

Working closely with Community Board 1, District 2’s Community Education Council, and elected officials made this possible — what a team!  We also wish to gratefully acknowledge the DOE’s willingness to listen to our community’s concerns and rethink their proposal.

Superintendent Mariano Guzman attended our November PTA meeting and assured us that there are no plans to move PS150.  Further, if a new school is built downtown that PS 150 parents working with the DOE and community leaders should work with all to have the “right of first refusal” to incubate the new school — music to our ears.

PS150 is a small, family-like community that stresses the arts and music.  It is also the only “choice” elementary school downtown.  Had the proposed move gone ahead, public school choice for downtown parents would have vanished.  PS150 offers a warm alternative to the big school model.  Choice works as our strong test scores and A on our recent School Progress Report underscore.

PS 150 has always been the little school that does big things.  Now, more know about our little gem.

With thanks this Thanksgiving for our community,
Wendy Chapman
PS 150, PTA Co-President

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