By George Hunka
Tuesday evening’s initial Build Schools Now meeting at the Manhattan Youth Community Center attracted media attention from The Broadsheet Daily and Downtown Express. Both publications reported on the grassroots group’s effort to expand classroom capacity to keep pace with population growth downtown. Buxton Midyette, who founded the group, concisely explained the necessity to the Broadsheet‘s Matthew Fenton:
“The issue getting the most attention right now is universal pre-kindergarten,” Mr. Midyette says, “which is a great idea, but Lower Manhattan just lost two pre-kindergarten programs to make room for more kindergarten seats, and the Spruce Street School now has so many kindergarten students that it’s not clear they’ll have room to open their middle school, as originally planned.”
The group continues to collect petition signatures. You can add your own signature here.