Thank you for your recent e-mail to Mayor Bloomberg concerning the Mary Mitchell Community Center in the Bronx. Your e-mail was forwarded to the Department of Education so that we may respond accordingly.
We are currently working with the administrators of the Mary Mitchell Community Center in order to come up with a viable solution for all parties. There are real costs associated with the maintenance of any DOE building, including contractually required custodial services and security, and the DOE has covered these costs for the Mary Mitchell Community Center for many years. Given the current fiscal reality, the funds we use to cover permit costs for community organizations will take money away from our classrooms, so we have asked community organizations to begin covering these costs. We informed the Mary Mitchell Community Center of this over the summer, and they have been working with us since then.
I hope this information has been helpful. Thanks again for writing to the Mayor, and for your advocacy on behalf of New York City’s public school students.
Raymond W. Torres
Chancellor’s Strategic Response Group
NYC Department of Education
52 Chambers St.
New York, NY 10007
O: (212) 374-2548
F: (212) 374-5950