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Hear Plans for Central Brooklyn's School District at Town Hall

By Camille Bautista | January 28, 2016 4:27pm
 Parents in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights can hear plans for School District 16 at a Feb. 23 town hall hosted by new interim acting superintendent Rahesha Amon.
Parents in Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights can hear plans for School District 16 at a Feb. 23 town hall hosted by new interim acting superintendent Rahesha Amon.
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BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — The acting superintendent for central Brooklyn’s School District 16 will share her vision for the neighborhood at an upcoming town hall, education leaders said.

Parents in Bedford-Stuyvesant and northern Crown Heights will get a chance to hear about plans for the district’s schools on Feb. 23, during which interim superintendent Rahesha Amon is also expected to make major announcements regarding programming, she said.

Amon took on her new role at the start of the year after Evelyn Santiago, who supervised the area’s elementary and middle schools, stepped down from her post.

Since moving to the position, Amon has met with neighborhood education groups and stakeholders, she told parents at a recent Community Education Council meeting.  

The acting superintendent has been in conversation with local principals, United Federation of Teachers representatives, community organizations and partners, parent groups, and CEC16, she said, and plans to meet with all PTA presidents and parent coordinators.

“And most importantly, I’m going to be meeting with our students in the district to hear their voice,” Amon told parents.

“I’ve asked everyone to share with me their list of priorities for the district and one of the things I’m able to see is that there is consistency in terms of what we want, and we all want great schools for our babies, we want schools that are innovative and we want schools that speak to the needs of the students in our community.”

During February’s meeting, Amon is expected to discuss initiatives to support school leaders, families and community partners, as well as students and student achievement.

“I’m excited about some of the things that are happening in our schools,” she said.

Amon takes over as parents and elected officials have been rallying for a gifted and talented program for the district, are seeking ways to improve the neighborhood’s state of education and have raised concerns over what some consider too many charter schools in the area.

The town hall, hosted by CEC 16, will take place on Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at P.S. 26, 1014 Lafayette Ave.