The population growth in Northeast Queens and the overcrowding of most classrooms in this area, cries out for an additional high school, as well as other facilities in this fast growing neighborhood.
The selection by the Schools Construction Authority of a site that presently houses the Bayside Jewish Center for a high school is a positive step. It’s sad that, within the Reform and Conservative movements, Jewish comminutes are losing memberships and cannot sustain their buildings. The Catholic Church is also looking to close a number of churches in Queens.
But out of the bad news comes good news. Recently in Ozone Park, a Catholic school which was merged with another school nearby due to low enrollment, became the site of a new, much-needed public school.
Neighborhoods and civic groups must face up to the challenge of providing educational facilities as the population demands, and not put up fences. And the SCA must make sure what is built on 32nd Avenue helps, not hurts, the community.