75 Morton Meeting Tonight at PS 234

Rendering of the 75 Morton St. middle school (courtesy: John Ciardullo Associates/75 Morton Community Alliance)

Rendering of the 75 Morton St. middle school (courtesy: John Ciardullo Associates/75 Morton Community Alliance)

A critical meeting of the District 2 Community Education Council is being held tonight, Tues. Mar. 15, at 6:30PM in the auditorium of PS 234, to discuss zoning proposals for the new middle school at 75 Morton. There are two proposals at hand: one that includes the catchment zones of PS 276, PS 89, and PS 234 as well as the six elementary school zones north of Canal along the west side, and one whose southernmost boundary stops at Canal (“A New Middle School Is Coming: Will Downtown Kids Get to Go?Tribeca Trib, Mar. 13, 2016).

Currently, the zoned middle school for Lower Manhattan residents is Simon Baruch Middle School on E. 21st St. and 1st Ave. Because this is so far away, most Downtown children follow the middle school “choice” route. The D2CEC is striving to give its families a viable zoned option, and it needs your support. If this is important to you, please come to tonight’s meeting and sign up to speak and voice your preference for the inclusion of Lower Manhattan in the zone. This will be the final public discussion of the zoning issue.

For further reference, see “Here’s What You Need To Know About the New Middle School at 75 Morton St.DNAInfo, Mar. 13, 2016.


CB1 Meeting Tonight on New Public School

Following last month’s announcement of a new 476-seat public elementary school to be built in the Financial District, Community Board 1 will be holding a public hearing this evening at 6PM at 1 Centre Street, probably in the Borough President’s conference room on the south side of the 19th floor. The public comment period is open for 45 days after this meeting.

New Elementary School Coming to FiDi

Two years after announcing the construction of a new elementary school in Lower Manhattan (which was down from an earlier pledge of two schools), last night Community Board 1 announced that a location for the new school finally had been sited. 77 Greenwich Street, at Trinity Place and Edgar Street, will be a new mixed-use development by Trinity Place Holdings Inc., with the school presumably occupying the lowest floors. Design is expected to be completed by this summer.

The full text of the press release is here:

The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) has reached a framework deal with Trinity Place Holdings Inc., an integrated real estate investment company, for a new elementary school. The site at 77 Greenwich Street will include approximately 476 new elementary school seats to serve School District 2. Design of the school space is expected to be completed by early Summer of 2016, with a school entrance off of Trinity Place.


Working with elected officials and community advocates, the SCA committed to identifying an appropriate location for a new school south of Canal Street, which would fulfill need in the Tribeca/Village sub-district, as outlined in the Fiscal Year 2015-2019 Five Year Capital Plan.


The site for the new school came as a recommendation by community leaders and parents. The school will be included within Trinity Place Holdings Inc.’s new mixed-use development, at the site of the former Syms Clothing Store and the City-landmarked Robert and Anne Dickey House.


“Our strong partnership with local leaders to find and secure additional seats for our City’s students has continued with great success”, said Lorraine Grillo, President and CEO of the New York City School Construction Authority. “I am proud of the tremendous work that we have done to get to the solid framework needed to advance this project. With this framework deal, the developer and SCA will move forward with this exciting project and work as quickly as possible to bring on additional seats to another neighborhood in our five boroughs.”


“Trinity Place Holdings Inc. is proud to be part of bringing a much needed new public school to Lower Manhattan,” stated Matthew Messinger, President & CEO of Trinity Place Holdings Inc. (NYSEMKT: TPHS), owner and developer for the 77 Greenwich Street project. “This part of Manhattan will be completely transformed and enlivened by hundreds of school children, new residents, street retail and the newly created and landscaped Elizabeth Berger Park just south of the school’s front door.”


“This is a victory for parents and children in Lower Manhattan, which has quickly become one of the most attractive places for New Yorkers to live, work and raise their families,” said Council Member Margaret Chin. “As a longtime member of the School Overcrowding Task Force, I am particularly happy that the City is now moving forward with plans for a new school at Trinity Place and Edgar Street that will provide much-needed seats for our growing residential neighborhoods downtown. I thank the School Construction Authority, my fellow elected officials, community leaders and parents for putting our children first by helping us secure another great school for Lower Manhattan.”


“Today is a big step in the community’s long push for a simple idea — school capacity should grow as a neighborhood grows, not after a crisis has hit,” said State Senator Daniel Squadron. “The Trinity Place school will expand upon the great communities that PS/IS 276 Battery Park City, Spruce Street and Peck Slip schools, as well as PS 234 and PS 89, have built. I look forward to continuing to work on solutions to school overcrowding in lower Manhattan through the School Overcrowding Task Force — the work of which has been a big part of these successes — along with my colleagues. I thank the School Construction Authority, Department of Education, Community Board 1, the District 2 CEC, and parent leaders.”


“It’s great to see the School Construction Authority making good on its commitment to add elementary school seats in Lower Manhattan, one of our fastest-growing neighborhoods,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “I will continue to work with this administration to alleviate school crowding and add seats in neighborhoods that need them.”


“I am thrilled that there is a commitment to build a new school serving Lower Manhattan,” said Congressman Jerry Nadler. “I have heard from concerned parents about the serious school over-crowding in this rapidly-growing neighborhood for years, and joined with my fellow elected officials, Community Board 1 and many local residents to call for new school seats to alleviate this problem. This announcement is one more step towards improving our children’s educational experience. Thank you to the School Construction Authority, Trinity Place Holdings, and all of the parents and advocates for their work on this critical issue.”


As part of the overall development, Trinity Place Holdings Inc. will be seeking New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission actions for the Robert and Anne Dickey House, which is intended to be used by the elementary school in the development.


This new site is in addition to the existing pipeline of new capacity projects completed or in progress to alleviate existing overcrowding and accommodate future growth.

The School Construction Authority was established by the New York State Legislature in December 1988 to build new public schools and manage the design, construction and renovation of capital projects in New York City. The SCA’s mission is to design and construct safe, attractive and environmentally sound public schools for children throughout New York City. We are dedicated to building and modernizing schools in a responsible, cost-effective manner while achieving the highest standards of excellence in safety, quality and integrity.


Love Your Child’s Teacher?

Then nominate him or her for a Big Apple Award!

The awards, administered by the NYC Department of Education, recognize teachers who “inspire students, model great teaching, and enrich their school communities.” Nominees must be current, full-time teachers, and anyone – students, parents, teachers, administrators, or community members – may submit a nomination.

Following the nomination process, 1,000 nominees will be invited to submit an application. These will be narrowed down to up to 250 applicants, who will be invited to participate in an interview and who will receive a classroom visit. Finally, a Board of Judges will recommend up to 15 final recipients to be approved by the Chancellor. Recipients will receive classroom grants, will be recognized at the Big Apple Awards ceremony in June 2016, and will serve on the Chancellor’s Teacher Advisory Group.

Nominations are due on January 18, 2016 and may be submitted here. And here is a look at last year’s award recipients.

CEC Town Hall with Chancellor Fariña Tonight

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With apologies for the late notice!

The Community Education Council District 2 will have a Town Hall meeting with Chancellor Carmen Fariña this evening, Wednesday, Oct. 14 from 6PM to 7PM at MS 260 the Clinton School for Writers & Artists, at“ 10 East 15th Street.

Immediately after the Town Hall, CECD2 will have its monthly calendar/working business meeting. Refreshments, babysitting and interpreters will be available.

Please come out and hear about the exciting new initiatives and express your concerns.

New 75 Morton Middle School Seeks Parental Input

If you are a parent of a child in 3rd Grade and below, you may be interested in attending the next 75 Morton Community Alliance “envisioning meeting” of parents, school representatives, and community leaders regarding the next phase of planning for the new school (“Parents get their first look at 75 Morton middle school,” The Villager, May 21, 2015), scheduled to open in the Fall of 2017. The most pressing issues to be discussed include timing of principal selection, school size, admissions, and building design.

The meeting will be held on Monday, June 1 at 6:30PM in the auditorium of PS 33, located at 281 Ninth Avenue. If you can attend, please RSVP to 75morton@gmail.com.

75 Morton is the direct result of 10 years of parent and community activism to bring a middle school to the Village. Now, Community Board 2’s Schools and Education Committee is looking for more parents to join the 75 Morton Community Alliance to provide input on critical issues before the Fall 2016 middle school admissions season. There are already a few parents from PS 150 planning to attend the June 1 meeting, but all are welcome and needed.

Let’s Catch Up

Welcome back! We hope you had a great holiday season and are surviving this week’s frigid weather (it is especially windy on the plaza!). As we ease through the first week back at school, let’s catch up on what’s happening around our school and community:

  • The Kindergarten application process for the 2015-16 school year has begun. Apply online, by phone at 718-935-2400, or in person by Feb. 13. Please remember that even if your child is already in the Pre-Kindergarten class at PS 150, or has an older sibling already at the school, you still need to go through the application process.
  • Wait lists for 1st through 5th Grades are also open. To get on the list, come to the office in person (you do not have to bring your child) with your child(ren)’s original birth certificate or passport and two proofs of residency.
  • Planning for our two major fundraisers, the Spring Auction and Taste of Tribeca, are underway. Attend a TOT committee meeting today, Thurs. Jan. 8, at 9AM in the gym as PS 234, and an auction committee planning meeting on Thurs, Jan. 22 at 8:45AM at school. These are two great events that need a lot of parent support!
  • If you had your child’s school photo re-taken, or simply wish to order more prints, go to Stomping Ground’s website and place your order by Jan. 12 to take advantage of free shipping to the school.
  • Our annual classroom workshops with storyteller Bill Gordh will be starting soon. Get in the spirit by attending Bill’s telling of Hildur, Queen of the Elves and other Icelandic tales at 11AM this Sat. Jan 10 at Scandinavia House. This is a free event.
  • The controversy over stewardship of North Cove Marina continues. Despite receiving support from Community Board 1 and five elected officials representing Lower Manhattan, Michael Fortenbaugh was removed as operator on Jan. 1 and has since been prevented from entering the facility. There will be a town hall meeting this evening at 6PM at the Battery Park City Library to discuss the ongoing situation. All are invited to speak.