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2018-01-18 / Other News

District 22 Takes Steps to Improve Aging Infrastructure

By Angela G. Nannetti

CEC 22 Treasurer Andrew Walker and President Dimple Willabus. Principals across District 22 have been compiling “wish lists” hoping to receive the funding needed to repair schools that are failing into disrepair. Many bathrooms need updating, some schools have playgrounds with cracked cement, others lack air conditioners and others still have old boilers and heating systems. Many auditorium chairs are outdated, some don’t have seats and others are splintered. It’s more than just aesthetic, it’s a safety issue.

It’s the responsibility of a Community Education Council to ensure that schools that need work are identified and prioritized to receive funding, but this doesn’t happen overnight. After meeting with principals and conducting school visits for months, negotiating and deliberating over their findings, Community Education Council 22 (CEC 22) members have decided which schools will make their topfive priority list for capital plan funding for various projects.

CEC 22 Treasurer and Chair of the Capital Works Committee Andrew Walker presented the final list to the council at their monthly business meeting on Thursday, January 11th at the request of CEC 22 President Dimple Willabus. At the top of the list was P.S. 195, 131 Irwin Street; followed by P.S. 152, 725 East 23rd Street; P.S. 193, 2515 Avenue L; P.S. 203, 5101 Avenue M; and P.S. 277, 2529 Gerritsen Avenue. The council voted in favor of approving the list, allowing for a wide range of improvements, which will likely be discussed in further detail at a later date, as the council’s agenda is currently full.

The next meeting of CEC 22 is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 1st at P.S. 203, located at 5101 Avenue M. Please check the Canarsie Courier’s Community Guide for updates.

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