Letter from School District 2 Superintendent Bonnie Laboy Regarding 75 Morton

October 27, 2016

Dear District 2 Community,

The new school building being constructed at 75 Morton Street in Manhattan is now anticipated to open for the 2018-19 school year. Contractors are working diligently to complete the project, but due to unforeseen structural steel conditions that could present significant safety concerns, the opening is being pushed back.

As a result of this change, the Department of Education intends to propose the incubation of M.S. 297 in building M868 for the 2017-18 school year until construction on the school’s permanent space at 75 Morton Street is completed. Located at 10 East 15th Street, building M868 is a new facility with robust middle school amenities that currently houses The Clinton School for Writers and Artists and has space available to serve incoming M.S. 297 6th graders.

We are committed to working with the Clinton School for Writers and Artists and M.S. 297 communities to ensure that the needs of both schools are met. The proposal to incubate M.S. 297 and temporarily co-locate the school for the 2017-18 school year will follow Chancellors’ Regulation A-190 and require approval from the Panel for Educational Policy. Additional details regarding this process will be available shortly.

Master Principal Jacqui Getz, who oversees the development of M.S. 297, will continue to visit schools with zoned families and hold community meetings. Families interested in attending M.S. 297 should follow the Middle School Admissions Process outlined in the District 2 Middle School Directory.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this process. Please feel free to reach out to Jacqui Getz at or District 2 Family Leadership Coordinator Jennifer Greenblatt at with any questions.


Bonnie Laboy
Community School District 2

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