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The Department of Education (DOE) plans to withdraw a proposal Wednesday that would co-locate a new charter high school with an  existing middle school in Queens Village.

Students and administrators at Jean Nuzzi Intermediate School will no longer have to worry about making room for 400 high schoolers.

A joint effort by Borough President Melinda Katz, state Senator Leroy Comrie, Assemblywoman Alicia Hyndman and Councilmen Barry Grodenchik, Daniel Dromm and Daneek Miller was successful in persuading the DOE to move the charter high school to a new location.

“The message is clear: the city has not given up on I.S. 109Q,” elected officials said in a press release issued Tuesday.

The I.S. 109Q Parent Teacher Association (PTA) have been petitioning against the DOE’s call for co-location since May. In that time they have compiled more than 1,200 parent and community member signatures who disapprove of the joining of the two schools.

Community members and elected officials thought that bringing in 400 new students would induce a “significant strain” on a school that is already in much need of repair.

In a joint letter written to the DOE on June 17, elected officials pointed out a number of barriers to their co-location plan.

The school lacks many amenities that provide for a productive learning environment. Jean Nuzzi Intermediate School is currently without a science lab, extensive library and a functioning school yard. Many of the chairs in the auditorium are broken or missing seat-backs.

“We believe I.S. 109Q is a community school in which the city should be investing and we will continue our efforts to bolster I.S. 109Q’s future,” the group of elected officials wrote in their joint letter.


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