Though the department is in the process of adding more then 63,000 seats before the end of fiscal year 2009, overcrowding still persists. That left some members wondering whether the city should tap the use of eminent domain to create more school space.
Take Jackson Heights, said Councilmember Helen Sears. Her district in Queens has only one high school, she said at today’s hearing, which has more than 4,000 students. Though the area has gained several elementary facilities, its high school needs have been ignored, she added.
There you go folks. We now have managed to build on every space left in the borough and will have no choice but to use eminent domain to make new schools (after we first expand every existing school into their schoolyards).