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Board 5 Members Seek More Seats For Local Students At New School
More students living in Glendale should be zoned to attend a new high school being developed on the Metropolitan Avenue campus in Forest Hills, according to members of Community Board 5 during the advisory body’s Dec. 9 meeting at Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village.
Patricia Grayson, chairperson of the board’s Education Committee, relayed information from the Department of Education (DOE) regarding the zoning for the Metropolitan Avenue schools complex being built on a lot off Selfridge Street and expected to be opened next year. The site will include two schools: a 1,000-seat high school to be split by Districts 24 and 28, and a 900 seat intermediate/ high school for students from District 28 in grades six through 12 (200 of those seats will be for special education students).
According to Grayson, 500 seats have been reserved for students living in Glendale and Middle Village who are zoned to attend P.S./I.S. 113 and P.S./I.S. 87, respectively. Nevertheless, that number represents about a quarter of the total student population for the two facilities.
“We got together with elected of- he would get educated on the issue and “will make them live up to whatever type of agreement they have.”
Board member Greg Carlson gave the board an overview of lead paint legislation, focusing on a 2000 city law concerning residential spaces built before 1960, and a similar federal law signed by President George H.W. Bush.
According to Carlson, the Environmental Protection Agency was forced to write lead paint regulations after losing a lawsuit; these regulations cover every single structure built before 1960.
The law states that unless a home is “lead paint certified,” meaning the home is free of lead, anyone who performs renovations to a structure built before 1960 must be EPA-certified. This encompasses construction workers, plumbers and anyone who may need to disturb lead-painted walls.
For landlords of multi-family homes that are not certified as being lead paint-free, an EPA-certified worker must supervise any renovations.
A new law, which goes into effect in 2010, states that if a non-EPAcertified worker performs any renovations on a building, the landlord can be hit with fines of up to $32,000 a day.
Board 6 approved a renewal of a Board of Standard and Appeals variance to allow a medical technology firm to use the building at 60-69 Woodhaven Blvd. as its base of operation. The building previously housed a real estate office.
Board 6 observed the passing of Beautification Committee chairperson Rosalind Pinto with a moment of silence.
“She was very active in the community,” said Hennessy. “What a woman.”
Christopher Collett will assume chairmanship of the committee.
Board 6 will next meet on Jan. 13, 2010 at the Kew Gardens Community Center, located at 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd.
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