The District 13 Community Education Council approved a rezoning plan for PS 8 and PS 307 on January 5, 2016. See the DOE’s final proposal.
In its January 2016 Capital Plan Update, the School Construction Authority dramatically increased the projected need for seats in the western part of District 13 (Downtown north of Fulton / DUMBO / Brooklyn Heights / Fort Greene) and proposed three new elementary schools to be designed and completed by 2019, 2020 and 2021. Although all three schools would be funded according to the Capital Plan Update, none has yet been sited; construction deadlines were delayed by 1-2 years in the February 2017 Update. Additional updates may be available on the Downtown Brooklyn School Solutions website.
If you have suggestions for new school locations to serve the greater downtown Brooklyn/Brooklyn Heights area, feel free to email them to the School Contruction Authority at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can learn more about our advocacy efforts by reading the public testimony and comments we have submitted to various agencies and others below.
Email our Community Affairs Committee if you want to learn more, or want to be involved in overcrowding-related or other community-focused advocacy.
Presentations and testimony:
1. PS8 Overcrowding (November 20, 2014 PTA Presentation at Overcrowding Town Hall; also presented at February 5, 2015 meeting of Community Board 2 Youth, Education, & Cultural Affairs Committee)
3. Written Testimony of PS8 PTA Co-Presidents (March 3, 2015 NY City Council Committee on Education Public Hearing on School Overcrowding) . You can also read all of the testimony submitted at that hearing and a briefing paper prepared for the hearing.
9. Written Testimony/Public Comment of PS8 PTA to NY City Council and its Subcommittee on Planning, Dispositions and Concessions for ULURP on Proposed Brooklyn Heights Library Project (November 19, 2015)
10. Two presentations prepared by Downtown Brooklyn School Solutions — a summary of new development impacts on schools in downtown Brooklyn and a February presentation to Community Board 2