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NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza (c.) speaks at the Community Education Council District 27 town hall meeting in Far Rockaway.

BY JASMINE PALMA

In anticipation of the coming school year, Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee announced Tuesday the start of the application process to fill six vacant positions on several of Queens’ Community Education Councils (CECs).

The application is open to New York City residents who either reside, own a business or run a business in the community district they look to serve in. The deadline for submitting applications is Aug. 7.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply disrupted the education and lives of our kids,” Lee said. “The CECs are designed to be a formal voice of community input and insights into shaping the New York City schools system. On this critical road of rebuild and recovery for our future, such voices are needed now more than ever.”

Each CEC, which supervises elementary and middle schools in their corresponding school district, is responsible for communicating district concerns to the chancellor and to the Panel for Educational Policy and commenting and advising on citywide educational policies.

The CECs are also responsible for reviewing their district’s educational programs, evaluating student performance, approving zoning lines and submitting a capital plan to the chancellor following public hearings on the district’s needs.

CEC members must attend monthly public meetings and visit schools to assess their educational needs. The position is unpaid.

The application is available here and should be returned via email to education@queensbp.org.

The positions available are as follows:

  • Two vacant positions on CEC District 25 (Flushing, Beechhurst, College Point, Murray Hill, Whitestone and Willets Point)
  • One vacant position on CEC District 28 (Jamaica, Briarwood, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Rego Park)
  • One vacant position on CEC District 29 (Jamaica, Jamaica Estates, St. Albans, Queens Village, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, Hollis and Rosedale)
  • Two vacant positions on CEC District 30 (Long Island City, Astoria, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Sunnyside and Woodside).

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