CEC 18 Elects Slate Of Officers For New School Year
James Dandridge was unanimously re-elected for his third term as president of Community District Education Council 18 at elections held at its Monday night meeting. A management analyst for the New York City Transit Authority, Dandridge is a Canarsie resident and father of two children in District 18 schools.
Other posts filled during the monthly meeting at the District 18 satellite office on East 95th Street were: Derek Booker, re-elected as first vice president; Dorothy Sinclair defeated incumbent Alecia Phillip-Elie to become second vice president; Sharron Lindo, unanimously re-elected as treasurer and Jennifer Duncan as recording secretary.
Dandridge said one of his top priorities for the coming school year is getting the School Construction Authority to make the proposed extension of P.S. 135, in the northern portion of the school district, a capital priority. He said that P.S. 135 is too small to accommodate its growing population, but because it is the highest performing school in the district, its capital needs have not received the attention of poorer performing schools.
"It's the top performing school in the district and we want to keep it that way," Dandridge said.
As always, Dandridge will try to encourage more parental participation, which he maintains is too low. "Our kids need much more leadership from parents," he said. "Lack of parental involvement has been a real thorn in our side.
"We are here to provide access to information, like how to get their children into the schools of their choice and how to get their children help when needed, and are aware of programs that will help keep children off the streets."
Dandridge stressed that the Council will continue its efforts to keep district schools open on nights and on Saturdays for a variety of after-school programs, like the successful ones at I.S. 68 and I.S. 252. These programs, he pointed out, exist not only for students, but for parents as well, in areas such as computer literacy, English language training, and job training.
The Community Education Council is an eleven-member panel consisting of nine members who are elected by area parents and two who are appointed by the Borough President. Instituted as part of Mayor Bloomberg's and Chancellor Klein's restructuring of the public schools, the Councils have taken the place of school boards as the primary vehicle for parental involvement. There are thirty-two Councils in the city.