First New Regional School Meeting Set For March 20
By Neil S. Friedman
The New York City Department of Education and the Chancellor’s Office announced this week that the first Regional Parent/Community engagement meeting for divisions 5 and 6 will be held next Thursday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. at James Madison High School, 3787 Bedford Avenue (between Avenue P and Quentin Road).
The restructuring of New York City’s public school system includes the streamlining of the city’s current 32 school districts into 10 regional centers. Community School District 18, with about 19,000 students, currently includes seventeen elementary and intermediate schools in Canarsie and East Flatbush. It is being merged with districts 19 and 22 (see map) into the new Division 6 that will cater to more than 100,000 pupils.
Next week’s meeting will be an opportunity for parents and community members to meet the new Division 6 Regional Superintendent, Gloria Buckery, as well as Evelyn Castro, the Senior Instructional Manager for Parents, learn more about the NYC public school reform plan, and share thoughts about the new curriculum and parent support system.
The current District 18 offices and staff at 100-01 Flatlands Avenue will relocate temporarily by March 24 to an as yet undetermined space, so the offices can completely be converted to classrooms. This summer, the new Division 6 Learning Support Center, with district and some administrative staff offices, will be located at 5619 Flatlands Avenue.
According to the Chancellor, the new centers will operate six days and two evenings a week and will serve as critical points of access into the school system. Each support center site will house a Parent Support Office, which parents can visit to address concerns and complaints not resolved at the school level, and to take care of school business matters, including registration and transportation.
Each of the planned ten centers will also house new instructional leadership teams, including the regional superintendent and local instructional supervisors.