Oct. 9, 2013 By Marge Kolb
The likely zone for the elementary school scheduled to open in Sunnyside in September, 2014, was unveiled at an education board meeting late last month.
The proposed zone for the school, which is being built at 45-46 42nd Street, would be bound by Queens Blvd and 48th Avenue—between 51st and 42nd Streets, according to officials who spoke at the D24 Community Education Council (CEC) meeting.
The new school zone would be carved out of the existing zone for PS 199, which is located at 48th Ave. and 39th Street.
The new school—to be called PS 313– is likely to help alleviate some of the overcrowding problems at PS 199, where many students are currently being taught in trailers and annexes. Furthermore, PS 199 fifth graders are currently being sent to IS 125, which has overcrowding issues of its own.
However, a number of parents were stunned to learn that PS313 will only teach kindergarten students upon opening. Initially the school will be largely empty. However, this is standard Department of Education practice parents were told.
The District 24 Superintendent, Madelene Chan, will hold a community engagement meeting to discuss the new school on Friday, October 11 at 5:30 p.m. at PS 199, 39-20 48th Ave. The Community Education Council will vote on the proposed zoning lines at a future CEC meeting (TBA).