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Save Spruce Street Middle School

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Move Forward with Planned Middle School Seats at Spruce!

The Lower Manhattan community was thrilled and proud when The Spruce Street School opened its doors in September 2011.  As a symbol of downtown revitalization, it was particularly poignant that we moved into the Gehry Building blocks from Ground Zero and within days of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.  Even at this happy event though, the growing downtown population and concerns about school capacity were in the minds of families and DOE officials.  To address these concerns, then Chancellor Dennis Walcott said, "There will be a middle school."  "You have my guarantee:  This will be a pre-K to 8 school.” (http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20110603/downtown/peek-inside-downtowns-sparkling-new-spruce-street-school)

From recent comments made by Chancellor Carmen Farina (http://tribecatrib.com/content/chancellor-downtown-schools-may-need-grow-different-way), however, Spruce Street School families and the downtown community have been alarmed to learn that the DOE is questioning whether the planned middle school will go forward at Spruce.  We appreciate Chancellor Farina’s recognition that there are not enough elementary school seats in Lower Manhattan, and indeed, there should be a critical evaluation and plan to address the issue as Lower Manhattan has some of the fastest growing neighborhoods in America.  But the lack of capacity in Lower Manhattan extends past elementary grades to middle school as well.  Over the past two years especially, the District 2 middle school admission process has been a stressful and unhappy one for many families because there are just not enough middle school seats in District 2.   Eliminating the planned Spruce middle school seats to expand lower grades does not address the overall lack of capacity and does not make sense for District 2.  

The newly raised uncertainty over our middle school seats is particularly stressful at this time, as our first fifth grade class will open this September, and we are preparing our students and our school for middle school.  We have already started planning for our middle school with the formation of a middle school envisioning subcommittee.  We ask that we be able to continue with this planning with assurance that our middle school will open in 2015 as intended.

Chancellor Farina has made increasing family engagement a priority and said in her comments questioning the current planned school structure that she would not make any decisions without community input.  We, Spruce Street families, and the Lower Manhattan community need to answer Chancellor Farina’s call for input by coming together and showing our resounding support for the planned middle school seats at Spruce.

Here’s what you can to do to make our voices heard and get out our message Move forward with planned middle school seats at Spruce!

ATTEND THE CB1 MEETING

Tuesday, June 24 - Full Board Meeting - 6:00 PM 280 Broadway

Gibney Dance, enter from 53 Chambers Street.

Media will be there to cover this event. They are expecting a big turnout and we want to give them one. The public session starts at 6pm so you don’t need to stay for the entire meeting. Children are welcome so no need to get babysitting. MAKE SURE YOU SIGN IN. We need you there! Numbers count!

JOIN THE PROTEST RALLY AT SPRUCE STREET PLAZA 

Wednesday, June 25 – 8:15 – 8:40 am

Media will be at this event as well.  Let your voice be heard loud and clear!!!  

ATTEND THE DISTRICT 2 COMMUNITY EDUCATION COUNCIL (CEC) MEETING

Wednesday, July 9th 6:30 pm – Sign up and speak during the Calendar Meeting public session (usually about 7pm)

WRITE A LETTER TO OUR CHANCELLOR and DOE Officials.

Every letter makes a difference.  Make your individual voice heard! See the sample letter below. 

DOE Contacts

·         Carmen Farina - Chancellor NYC Department of Education, 212-374-0200 :       

          CGFarina@schools.nyc.gov or use this link Contact Chancellor Carmen Fariña here 

·         Mariano Guzman District 2 Superintendent (212) 356-3815 mguzman6@schools.nyc.gov

·         Jesse Mojica - Executive Director, Office of Family and Community Engagement, 212-374-4118: jmojica@schools.nyc.gov

·         Nancy Baez - Special Assistant to the Executive Director at NYC Department of Education, Division of Family and Community Engagement:  nbaez7@schools.nyc.gov

·         Jennifer Greenblatt District 2 Family Advocate Jgreenblatt@schools.nyc.gov (212) 356-3789

·         Drew Patterson - Director of Strategy for South Manhattan at NYC Department of Education: APatterson7@schools.nyc.gov 

City Government

·         Contact Mayor Bill de Blasio here 

·         Morris S.H. Chan - Community Liaison for Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer: mchan@manhattanbp.nyc.gov

·         Margaret Chin - City Council Member: chin@council.nyc.gov

·         Yume Kitasei - Office of Council Member Margaret S. Chin. ykitasei@council.nyc.gov

State Government Contacts

·         Sheldon Silver - Assembly Speaker,  212-312-1420 :  silvers@nysa.us

·         Paul Goldstein - District Office Director at Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, goldstp@assembly.state.ny.us

·         Deborah Glick - Assembly Member 212-674-5153 glickd@nysa.us

·         Daniel Squadron - State Senator 212-298-5565 : squadron@nysenate.gov

US Government Contacts

·         Contact Us Senator Charles Schumer here

Community Board Contacts

·         Community Board 1 general email man01@cb.nyc.gov

 

CALL THE CHANCELLOR’S OFFICE 

Let her know you support the Spruce Middle School.

Chancellor Farina: 212-374-0200

 

CALL THE OFFICE OF FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (FACE)

Let them know you want the planned Spruce Middle School and you are dismayed with the lack of community engagement around this issue.  

FACE : 212-374-4118



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