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theschoolboards
11-24-2010, 09:36 AM
This from The Brooklyn Paper (http://brooklynpaper.com/stories/33/48/dtg_ps9library_2010_11_26_bk.html) by Andy Campbell:

Schoolchildren in Prospect Heights just got the brand new library they’ve been waiting six years for — too bad they can’t use it.

The Underhill Avenue school unveiled the formerly defunct room — which would serve both the elementary school and MS 571 in the same building — on Nov. 12, but the kiddies can’t take advantage of its glory until the schools find money for a librarian.

“We raised the funding for this project — but the same [kind of] funding isn’t available for staff salaries,” said Rebecca Shulman Herz, leader of a PS 9 parent committee that solicited grants from city officials like Councilwoman Letitia James (D–Fort Greene) and Borough President Markowitz — but the schools and the Department of Education have not allocated money for a librarian.

Herz and her group went ahead with a ribbon-cutting on the $500,000 book room last week to dramatize the need for salary money — and to highlight arcane city rules that prevent parents from volunteering to run the library themselves.

read more>> (http://brooklynpaper.com/stories/33/48/dtg_ps9library_2010_11_26_bk.html)