We started this group to address an issue that is of great concern to
us and many other residents of the area that we’ve talked to: schools.
We are spearheading an effort to advocate for more high-quality
options and would like your help.
Some of you may already know that the schools surrounding Downtown Brooklyn are feeling the strain of the building boom here and the surrounding neighborhoods. P.S. 8 and P.S. 261 are over capacity. The only school with available seats, P.S. 287, is located next to the Navy Yard, getting there from here requires a hazardous commute across several of the busiest roadways in Brooklyn. Soon enough it won’t have the capacity to absorb the rapid influx of hundreds (and potentially thousands) of new children moving into the neighborhood as part of the residential building boom.
We believe that the best course of action is to pressure the city to
begin the immediate planning of a new elementary school within the
boundaries of Downtown Brooklyn and not after the problem becomes too
severe to ignore.
We formed this group (DoBro School Solutions) to start a letter
writing campaign, meet with officials, and to pressure them into
action. If you are interested in attending a meeting to discuss what
has been done so far and what we need to do next, or even if you just
want to be kept up to date with what is going on with the schools in
our area, please sign up to this email list.
Please help us all by joining our bid to make sure that Downtown
Brooklyn develops as a desirable residential community, as well as the
exciting hub of retail, higher-education, high-tech businesses and
entertainment that it is fast becoming. It would be a shame if any of
our neighbors feel like they have to move away in order to find a
quality public education for their children.
– Chris and Erin, Belltel Lofts