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COMMUNITY EDUCATION COUNCIL APPOINTMENTS
On September 1, Borough President Lee announced her appointments of seven dedicated, education-minded Queens parents to fill vacant positions across five of the borough’s seven Community Education Councils (CECs) in time for the upcoming school year.
Following a multi-week application period earlier this summer, the Queens Borough President’s Office received 65 applications of individuals interested in filling the seven vacancies across the borough’s CECs, which are part of the New York City school governance structure and tasked with overseeing the elementary and middle schools within their respective community school district.
The Queens Borough President has 14 total appointees across the borough’s CECs, two appointees on each CEC. Those appointees are:
-CEC District 24 (Corona, Elmhurst, Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale, Ridgewood and Sunnyside): John D’Amico and Anthony Fratto
-CEC District 25 (Flushing, Beechhurst, College Point, Murray Hill, Whitestone and Willets Point): Anne Marie Kanable and Brooke Stergion-Abady
-CEC District 26 (Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Fresh Meadows, Oakland Gardens, Hollis Hills, Glen Oaks, Bellerose and Floral Park): Dilip Nath and Alan Ong
-CEC District 27 (Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, South Richmond Hill, Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Howard Beach, Lindenwood, Springfield Gardens, Hamilton Beach, Broad Channel, Far Rockaway, Edgemere, Arverne, Rockaway Park, Belle Harbor and Breezy Point): Natalie Bissoon and Alysa O’Shea
-CEC District 28 (Jamaica, Briarwood, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Rego Park): Rajwinder Kaur and Howard Pollack
-CEC District 29 (Jamaica, Jamaica Estates, St. Albans, Queens Village, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, Hollis and Rosedale): Rochelle Carter and Jacques M. Leandre
-CEC District 30 (Long Island City, Astoria, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Sunnyside and Woodside): Dani Marr and Charles Park
CECs are responsible for advising and commenting on educational policies and providing input to the chancellor and the Panel for Educational Policy.
CEC powers and duties are spelled out in NYS Education Law Section 2590-e and Section 2590-b. For more information, visit: www.schools.nyc.gov/get-involved/families/education-councils. The Borough President’s CEC appointees must each be a New York City resident and either live, own or operate a business within the community school district they seek to serve.
The duties of CEC members include attending monthly public meetings and visiting schools to see what educational needs those schools have. CECs also review their district’s educational programs and assess their effect on student achievement, approve zoning lines, provide input to the chancellor and the Panel for Educational Policy on district concerns, and submit capital plans to the chancellor after holding public hearings on their district’s capital needs.
The May 27th Virtual Queens Parent Advisory Board Meeting agenda was as follows:
Welcoming Remarks: Borough President Lee
Presentations by Guest Speakers:
Closing Remarks: Borough President Sharon Lee
The New York City Department of Education discussed online learning, cancelled tests and other changes to this year’s academic calendar, as well as services being provided to students and their families during the pandemic.
To Queens parents here in the Borough of Families: your kids can now virtually enjoy Queens’ own New York Hall of Science, from do-it-yourself science projects to interactive, educational comic books.
The American Museum of Natural History also remains committed to their 150-year-old mission of providing science education to learners of all ages. Mindful of the many children who are adapting to learning at home, the museum has prioritized producing educational, learn-at-home digital content, which can be accessed at amnh.org/explore.