The suit alleges negligence in the death of the teen, who went missing from his school in October.
The DOE will increase security after the disappearance of Avonte Oquendo, Chancellor Dennis Walcott said.
Avonte's family and volunteers continue to man a 24-hour command post in Long Island City.
Police have confirmed that the young man pictured in a photo circulating online is not Avonte Oquendo.
The family of Avonte Oquendo remain hopeful as the search for the missing teen enters its third week.
NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told a news outlet he's not sure Avonte Oquendo will be found alive.
Investigators looking for Avonte Oquendo are focusing their search on the water, sources said.
The DOE and the District 30 CEC will approve a zoning plan for the new school sometime this fall.
Hunters Point Community Middle School will use the nearby waterfront to teach about the environment.
Residents hope that IS/HS 404 in Long Island City will emphasize the environment.
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