New Rezoning Proposals for P.S. 321 and P.S. 39 to be Unveiled

By Leslie Albrecht on November 12, 2012 12:47pm 

PARK SLOPE — Department of Education officials are expected to unveil new rezoning proposals for Park Slope's P.S. 321 and P.S. 39 at a public meeting Tuesday night, according to a source familiar with the matter.

The new round of zoning maps will mark the latest chapter in a controversial rezoning plan that would affect popular P.S. 321 on Seventh Avenue and First Street, as well as P.S. 107, P.S. 39 and P.S. 10.

The plan, which would take effect in 2013, has been met with outrage by some families, who say overcrowded P.S. 321 is full of students who live far from the school's zone but are allowed to attend the highly-regarded establishment under DOE policy.

Others say the rezoning will shave hundreds of thousands of dollars off their property values.

The newest proposal will suggest new zones for P.S. 321 and P.S. 39, but the proposed zones for P.S. 10 and P.S. 107 would remain as they were presented at a public meeting in October, the source said.

Under the new plan, the blocks from Seventh Avenue to Prospect Park West between Fourth and Fifth streets would be restored to the proposed zone for P.S. 321.

P.S. 321's proposed zone would lose the blocks west of Fifth Avenue, between President and First Street, the source said. That area would become part of the zone for a new elementary school that will be housed in the former  St. Thomas Aquinas school building on Fourth Avenue and Eighth Street.

The P.S. 39 zone would remain unchanged from its current boundaries, according to the source. Families at P.S. 39 have launched a petition and Facebook page to protest the proposed rezoning, which would have eliminated four blocks west of Fifth Avenue and added two blocks between Fifth and Fourth streets, Seventh Avenue and Prospect Park West.

The rezoning proposal for all four schools must be approved by the District 15 Community Education Council. The CEC is expected to vote on the proposal on Nov. 28, CEC president Jim Devor said.

The Tuesday night meeting about the rezoning will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the John Jay Educational Campus, 237 Seventh Ave.

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