By Kevin Korber of Village Confidential
This year, the Department of Education had started the process of re-zoning public schools in lower Manhattan, and the idea of splitting up Greenwich Village’s district, which contains P.S. 3 and P.S. 41, was seriously considered. Parents whose children attend these Greenwich Village schools were unhappy as they enjoyed the choice provided by the district’s unique borders, and they joined parents in TriBeCa in protesting the DOE’s plans.
The protests from Greenwich Village appear to have been heard. DNAInfo reports that the final zoning changes have left Greenwich Village schools untouched. The approved plan rezones part of Battery Park City, but leaves Greenwich Village, SoHo, TriBeCa, and Chelsea’s school zones untouched. TriBeCa parents were warned that their current zoning situation could result in a waitlist for P.S. 234, which has become overcrowded. However, parents in the neighborhood balked at any re-zoning that would re-zone them for Chinatown or Greenwich Village schools.
Similarly, parents in Greenwich Village and the West Village were unhappy with the original plan to split their district in half, thereby eliminating the choice currently provided for them. The south part of the West Village would be forced to send their children to P.S. 3 only, while north Village residents could only use P.S. 41. Most Village parents were unhappy with that possibility, but after the recent vote, that proposal remains hypothetical.