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bRSOICLYi LIBRARY ROOM AHTf FLA2A -BROOKLYN 33 1. 2519G3HTB IIpgMg Si. 'ffframcjjfl CnfRjl BROOKLYN a progressive but proudly preserving people Twenty-sixth Year, No. 1,174 Thursday, July 25, 1963 Copyright 1963, B.H.P. FIFTEEN Learning About Brooklyn Board of Education Mav Swifch Policy on Junior High Studies tfassibility of Using Site By School Board and Local Organizations i i i roe tji 1 SUDANESE EDUCATORS VBrr SCHOOL HERE: Mohamed Bur Mohamed (center) and Ali Mula (right), both headmasters of technical schools in Sudan, are shown New York City Community College's new auditorium and gymnasium by Murray H.

Block, Acting President of. institution. Sudanese educators are here for studies and tours under auspices of Department of Health, Education and Welfare. NYCCC's new building. Jay and-Tillary will be ready this fall, and will seat 900 persons in auditorium section and some 1,150 spectators in gym's folding bleachers.

In what appears to be the first sign of a shift in policy, the Board of Education has begun to seriously consider a junior high school site preferred by community groups here. The Board previously had backed a different site, but at two public hearings local parents had objected to die location on the grounds that it posed physical dangers to students and could lead to de facto segregation at the new school, Junior High School 293. An official of the Board's division for planning and research Tuesday confirmed the fact that the division had been asked by the Board to look into the planning aspects of locating JHS293onthe site of the school it is to. replace, JHS 6. The old school is at 347 Baltic between Smith and Hoyt Sts.

The 57-year-old slightly overcrowded plant leads to more frustration, more hopelessness, more crime and more discouragement. The much-discussed problem of segregation in the schools has dwelt considerably with the attitudes of students affected. At the seminar Dr. Galamison directed critical attention toward the attitudes of some teachers. The major problem of Negro children is not only the overcrowding and part-time sessions of their schools," he said, "but is basically the low expectation' attitude of the teachers in these schools.

The Negro child cannot learn because he falls short of the ethno-centric expectation of the teacher. Because this child lives in a housing project, is (Continued on Page 4) To Bus or Not to Bus That Is the Integration Question 5M 1 of the local school board for Districts 25-27, which includes most of Brooklyn Heights as well as his own neighborhood, Mr. Leyden pointed out, that he spoke at the seminar as a private citizen. "The reason I am opposed to busing is that it will not affect the majority of people in my community, Mr. Leyden stated.

"The yield to the children doesn't warrant the severe cost of such a plan the supervisory personnel needed to oversee it. When we bus children we home ties and make home-school ties even further apart. Parents and the schools should be close. I wonder, too, about the effect on each of the children that is bused." Taking the view, Dr. Galamison asserted that "If we were in earnest about desegregating the schools, we would bus.

We've bused 14,000 children in three years, and none has died yet." Turning to the expense factor of the busing program, he pointed out that spending money for long-range goals such as education would be, he said, more meaningful than the "enormous" amounts now being spent for welfare. "In this technological era," the minister argued, "there is nothing for the uneducated to do. This Mother's Group On Accidents at As part of a campaign to bolster its case for protective padding' around equipment at the Pierrepont St. playground, a group of local mothers is collecting reports on accidents occurring there, with emphasis on injuries resulting from children falling to the playground's asphalt and concrete base. The Playground Safety- Pro School Sifie Recommended de facto segregation there.

Go wanus is a predominantly Puerto Rican and Negro neighborhood. As outlined by the spokesman for the Board of Education's planning and research division Tuesday, the Board is considering taking all of the land flanking JHS 6, on the north side of Baltic St. between Smith and Hoyt Sts. He. said that the new JHS 293, with a capacity for 1,800 students, would require a minimum of 120,000 square feet of land.

The Baltic St. frontage totals 122,140 square feet, he disclosed. In addition to the new school, there would be a playground, the spokesman added. Twenty -five private structures would have to be acquired by the city, neces sitating the relocation of 51 re si- dential and 23 commercial tenants. The assessed valuation of these 25 parcels is $223,880, he revealed.

This figure would make the Baltic St. frontage even cheaper than Block 399 for the city to acquire. The assessed valuation of private property on the latter block was put by Board of Education officials at $393,900, a difference of some $170,000. In either case the city probably would have to compensate property owners at figures higher than the assessed valuations, but the savings presumably would remain proportionate. Funds for site acquisition for a new junior high school here are already contained in the Board of Education's present budget.

Money for construction is included in the education budget proposed for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 1964. Debate on that budget will begin this autumn. Tf7In deference to urgings by the Local School Board and the community, the Board of Edu- (Continued on Page 8) William Kerby, 253 Hicks and Miss Karen Rawler, Smith, Dr. and Mrs. George Rawler, 2 Pierrepont St, Also: Miss Sandra Shaffer, Mt.

Holyoke, Kir. and Mrs. Richard Shaffer, 77 Remsen Miss Deborah Tappan, Smith, Mr. and Mrs. John Tappan, 200 Hicks Miss Penelope Titter, Sweet' Briar, Mr.

and Mrs. Brevard Titter, 160 Hicks and Miss Elizabeth Wadelton, U. of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Wadelton, 200 Hicks St.

The five other young women who will debut are Miss Elizabeth Allardt of Quogue, LJL, Miss Therese Dorn of Brooklyn, Miss Susan Gamage of Manhattan, Miss Susan Mac Donald of L.L, and Miss Mary Turtle of Brooklyn. serves about 1,535 children from Gowanus, South Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Red Hook and South Brooklyn. Its replacement would absorb these students plus about 50 more expected to come from the Cadman Plaza housing project on the Northeast Heights when that Title I development is completed within two or three years. In response to strident demands by area parents at its two public hearings on the JHS 293. site issue, Local School Board 26-28 twice turned down the Board of Education's proposal and twice came out for the JHS 6 site.

The Local School Board is an advisory, liaison arm between the Board of Education and the public. The site that had been proposed by the Board of Education is the square block bounded by Nevins, Baltic, Bond 'and Warren designated on city land maps as Block 399. Education officials have said that this site had been picked for economy reasons and because JHS 6 might have to be retained and converted into an elementary school, to meet future, grade school needs in the area. In opposing this plan, area residents and organizations, principally the Cobble Hill Association, the West Brooklyn Independent Democrats, the 3rd Assembly District Regular Democrats and parents associations from several schools, have voiced these objections: Block 399's proximity to the Gowanus Canal would pose physical dangers to students at JHS 293. If the new school were to be located east of the Gowanus public housing project; that "inconvenient" site would discourage Cobble Hill and South Heights parents from sending their children to JHS 293, thus causing George.

Brooklyn Heights debutantes, their colleges, addresses and parents are: Miss Winifred Bachman, Vas-sar, Mr. and Mrs. Edward K. Bachman, 2 Montague Miss Susan Balamut, Radcliffe, Mr. and Mrs.

George Balamut, 160 Columbia Miss Jane Bonynge, Connecticut College, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bonynge 1 Grace and Miss Alice Bruchhausen, Vernon Court Junior College, Justice and Mrs. Walter Bruchhausen, 109 Columbia Hts. Also: Miss Diane Donahue, Northwestern University, Mr.

and Mrs. George Donahue, 135 Willow Miss Carol Kasten-dieck, Indiana Mr. and Mrs. Miles Kastendieck, 30 Orange Miss Judith Kerby, Pennsylvania State Mr. and Mrsi Twelve Heights Debutantes Are Named To Make Bows at the Yuletide Ball By Marian E.

Rudnick "There are two public school systems in New York City one for whites and the other for Negroes and Puerto Ricans. Not one of the Negro and Puerto Rican schools is up to standard," contended the Rev. Dr. Milton Galamison at a seminar here last week that discussed forced integration in New York city schools. His speaking opponent, 'Stanley Leyden, who argued against busing school children from one neighborhood to another insisted that schools in Negro areas must be improved.

"If we bus out children from' Bedf ord-Stuyvesant and other colored neighborhoods," he declared, "we are taking the 'cream' from these schools. Who will be left to fight for our schools?" Dr. Galamison, a Negro and the pastor of the Siloam Presbyterian Church, was one of several ministers arrested July 15 at a sit-down demonstration at the Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. This happened two days before he spoke at the First Unitarian Church here, as part of the church's summer series of seminars on public affairs. He commented at the seminar that reporters had asked him, after his arrest, whether he thought it was "moral" for him, as a Christian minister, to obstruct the hospital construction site.

He said he had answered mat he was not sure how one could recognize morality. "It's funny that no one has been concerned about morality before in speaking about segregation. When die Negro tries to pry loose, we suddenly ask him about morality." Mr. Leyden, an attorney, is v.tut3 but lives in the predominantly Negro section. He sends his child to an almost all-Negro public cchcol there.

Although a member Twelve young local women will be among 17 debutantes who will make their bows before Brooklyn society December 28. The occasion will be the Yuletide Ball, highlight of the borough's social season. Sponsored by the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society, the affair will be held at the Hotel St. Asks for Reports Playground Here gram set its drive in motion last month, when it announced that it would seek $2,900 in private funds to lay special rubberized matting at strategic spots in the little park. The fund-raising is expected to begin in earnest this autumn.

Neighborhood infants have suffered both serious and minor in-t (Continued on Page 2).

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