View Full Version : Manhattan-Downtown East Village School Cites Environmental 'Crisis' in Plea for New Space

03-10-2011, 08:45 AM
This from DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com/20110309/lower-east-side-east-village/east-village-school-cites-environmental-crisis-plea-for-new-space) by Patrick Hedlund:

A local elementary school is making a last-ditch attempt to convince the city to allow it to relocate to a new building, citing the discovery of possibly-toxic oil in the soil underneath their building.

East Village Community School principal Robin Williams (http://evcsnyc.org/) wrote a letter to school officials over the weekend warning of a "serious environmental and structural crisis" for her staff and students in light of the discovery of the oil beneath the school's auditorium, and added that the possible contamination should give the school first dibs on an available school space just up the street.

"We don't yet know the scope of the crisis or how extensive the work to abate this contamination and to repair the structural damage will be. But it is clear that the disruption to the three schools in this building will have a tremendous negative impact," Williams wrote in her March 5 letter to the Education Department's District 1 Superintendent, along with other local school officials.

"Given the current crisis in the P.S. 61 building, we want to insist that the East Village Community School be reconsidered for the space," she added in the letter.

The Department of Education did not return repeated request for comment.

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