I live in Woodside at 57th Street and Woodside Avenue. Presently there are two elementary schools in this small area. One is St. Sebastian at 57th and Woodside, which takes in students from three other parishes, and the other is PS 11 at 56th Street and Skillman Avenue.
Now the School Construction Authority has a contract with the owner of a property at 57th and 39th Avenue, which is on the same block as St. Sebastian, so it can build a 440-seat elementary school.
You can imagine the amount of school buses and parents bringing their children to and from school from areas miles away. This would present a major problem of safety, parking and noise in a primarily two-family-home neighborhood. Our councilman, Jimmy Van Bramer, has not scheduled any meetings on the proposed school, even though the City Council gives final approval on such matters. There are plenty of available properties elsewhere in District 30.
The principal of PS 11 has been asking for an extension to her overcrowded school for many years to no avail, yet there will be additions to PS 287 in Corona of 432 seats, PS 87 in Middle Village of 140 seats and PS 70 in Sunnyside of 508 seats. Why not Woodside?
The most logical thing to do would be to build an addition to PS 11 and forget the proposed 440-seat school at 57th Street and 39th Avenue, which would bring unneeded congestion to a confined area and change its complexion permanently.
Editor’s note: An aide to the councilman says his office is in the process of setting up a series of meetings on the proposed school.