QUEENS, NY – Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee today 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. The seven appointees will serve the remainder of the two-year term that concludes at the end of June 2021. CECs are responsible for advising and commenting on educational policies and providing input to the chancellor and the Panel for Educational Policy.
“We received a substantial number of applications to fill these seven vacancies,” said Borough President LEE. “All 14 Borough President-appointees have my confidence and trust in their experiences, perspectives and abilities to strengthen the Borough of Families. CECs are designed to be the formal voice of community input and insights into sharping our school system. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has deeply disrupted the education and lives of our kids. On this critical road of recovery and rebuild, such voices are needed now more than ever.”
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 14 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 appointees across the borough’s CECs, two appointees on each CEC. Borough President Lee’s appointments to fill the previously seven vacant seats are as follows:
CEC District 24 (Corona, Elmhurst, Maspeth, Middle Village, Glendale, Ridgewood and Sunnyside): John D’Amico
CEC District 25 (Flushing, Beechhurst, College Point, Murray Hill, Whitestone and Willets Point): Anne Marie Kanable and Brooke Stergion-Abady
CEC District 28 (Jamaica, Briarwood, Forest Hills, Kew Gardens and Rego Park): Rajwinder Kaur
CEC District 29 (Jamaica, Jamaica Estates, St. Albans, Queens Village, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens, Hollis and Rosedale): Rochelle Carter
CEC District 30 (Long Island City, Astoria, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Sunnyside and Woodside): Dani Marr and Charles Park
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.