Calling the Park Slope school rezoning proposal “imperfect but necessary” to relieve overcrowding, the District 15 Community Education Council approved it last night, The New York Times reported. The Times story summarized the issue like this:
The District 15 council’s 7-to-0 vote in favor of rezoning ends several years of hand-wringing over Public Schools 321 and 107, both so desirable in Park Slope circles that home buyers in the area pay a premium to live within the schools’ attendance zones. The decision followed months of acrimonious debate.
Or, as Council Secretary Valerie Price Ervin put it, “I think it’s the best solution for now.” The proposal will take effect next year. Kids who live in the blocks west of Fifth Avenue will attend a new school. Some blocks now zoned for P.S. 107 will shift to P.S. 10. P.S. 39 will remain untouched. Siblings will be given priority to stay together at a school. Council President Jim Devor got his compromise: the Education Department and representatives from Sunset Park agreed 30 percent of the spots in P.S. 133 would be reserved for “low income and minority students in overcrowded Sunset Park,” as the Times put it.
Park Slope Education Council Approves Rezoning Proposal [NY Times]
The Man Who Holds Park Slope Rezoning in His Hands [Brownstoner]