View Full Version : Manhatter-Other Columbia University alters plan for promised school in West Harlem

04-28-2011, 10:03 AM
From NY Daily News (http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/uptown/2011/04/27/2011-04-27_columbia_alters_plan_for_school_promised_site_f or_w_harlem_now_smaller__in_other.html) by Erin Durkin:
West Harlem residents are angry that plans for a new public school pledged as part of Columbia University's massive expansion have been scaled back.

Columbia promised in 2007 to create a new pre-kindergarten to eighth grade school as part of a benefits agreement for residents affected by its plans to build a new campus in Manhattanville - but officials said last week the school would only include kindergarten through fifth grade.

And the school, called Teachers College Elementary and set to open in the fall, will be located for its first year in East Harlem - across town from the affected neighborhood.

"A deal is a deal," said Community Board 9 chairman Larry English. "It's a violation of the spirit of the agreement.

"This project will forever alter West Harlem," he said. "Columbia owes a greater debt to the community."

Teachers College and city Department of Education officials said they had to scrap plans for a pre-K-8 school because there's no space available big enough to house it.

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