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Relieve Overcrowding in Greenwich Village Schools

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Greenwich Village Schools PS41 (at 111% capacity), PS3 (at 103%) and the Greenwich Village Middle School (at 117%) are all overcrowded. No new capacity for our neighborhood is planned on the elementary level until 2012 and no new middle schools have been planned at all. In response, parents in these communities are proposing an innovative, immediate resolution to the problem of overcrowding by creating a middle school at 75 Morton Street. 75 Morton Street is a New York State owned property that is largely unoccupied and the State of New York is looking to sell it. It is a very large building with auditoriums and a cafeteria and has the potential for a quick conversion to a middle school facility. It is handicapped accessible with high ceiling heights required by the New York City School Construction Authority. It is a safe location for children, is located by north/south bus and subway lines and is equidistant between Canal and West 14th Street along the west side. The Greenwich Village Middle School ("GVMS") also faces continued pressure to grow, yet has no more space to do so. GVMS has extremely limited facilities for middle school students in their current location on the fifth floor above PS3. There aren�t enough middle school seats in District 2 to meet the current demand, much less the projected need as enrollment in the lower grades continues to grow. Potential budget cuts facing the DOE require innovative and cost effective solutions to this immediate problem. 75 Morton is an immediate, inexpensive solution to overcrowded schools in our area and there is no mention of this most obvious short-term solution to school overcrowding in Greenwich Village.

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