Neighborhood Vote on Private School Space

by NYC Firm Schools on January 22, 2010

Space for NYC Firm Schools, especially those in the very popular historic districts, is a controversial issue. When schools are close neighbors to private citizens and corporations alike, maintaining good relationships is a vital aspect to making close neighbors, good neighbors.

An influential civic group needed less than a week to decide that a controversial expansion plan would not harm Park Slope’s historic district.
In a statement released just prior to the Jan. 13 meeting of Community Board 6, the Park Slope Civic Council declared that the Berkeley Carroll School’s desire to reconstruct a one-story annex at the rear of its middle and upper school at 181 Lincoln Place would “impose no adverse impact” on the character of the neighborhood, and recommended its approval by the board.

The neighborhood, in addition to having a vested regard for maintaining the historic nature of the architecture and atmosphere, is also considering the possibility of noise control.

Critics charge that the school has not done enough to address the concerns held by a swill spread noise far and wide.

It is difficult to find the space for the classrooms and facilities of a school. Libraries, even virtual ones, require space. If not for books then for computers, data equipment and actual seats for students. Faculty rooms, classrooms, science labs, all of it comes down to pure space.

For the youngest of students, however, one of the top priorities is the space to simply play. Small children have a high amount of energy and cannot concentrate for long periods of time without expending that physical energy. For a child to sit and learn, that child must also have exercise to stretch pent-up energy. School playgrounds, however, will not fit in a small classroom-sized space. Rooftop playgrounds have been an alternative for many schools across the city.

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