Concerns about a rowdy Maspeth schoolyard
by Holly Tsang
Nov 09, 2010 | 4617 views | 1 1 comments | 85 85 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Amidst residents' concerns that the schoolyard of P.S. 153 in Maspeth is being abused by the public after hours, Principal Susan Bauer pointed out a spike in teen pranks is not unusual around Halloween. Nevertheless, the school will begin taking a firmer stand on closing the schoolyard at dusk.

When P.S. 153’s schoolyard received a makeover in 2008, the school agreed to keep the yard open daily for public use. At dusk it is locked by a custodian, who is instructed to avoid confrontation, even if people refuse to leave, though Bauer said that is a rare occurrence.

She said teenagers occasionally mouth off and sometimes there are graffiti incidents, but “for the most part the community is very respectful of the schoolyard.”

Bauer understands, however, that the concerns of the neighbors are valid ones. Now that it gets darker earlier in the evening, Bauer has asked the school's security officers, who are on duty until 6 p.m., to escort the custodian into the yard. She hopes a uniformed presence will ensure the schoolyard closes when it’s supposed to.

“We are trying to recognize it’s difficult to live near a school, but recognize the schoolyard is supposed to be open for the enjoyment of the community,” said Bauer. “It really is a balancing act.”

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November 22, 2010
Too bad she doesn't lock up her teachers because they are out of control driving around our community every morning. I don't know how many times I see these teachers driving up Mazeau st illeaglly or cutting through the laundrymat illeagally. One day they will most likely kill their own students with their illegal driving. Maybe she should get rid of the park and make it a parking lot for loser teachers that keep breaking the laws of the road?