Faculty-development honchos diverted funds earmarked for a a lot-wanted excessive-faculty science lab to cowl one other challenge’s ballooning prices — placing the commencement of some seniors in danger, in line with sources.
The maneuver blindsided officers at Meals & Finance HS in Manhattan and left seniors dealing with shortages of required science-lab credit.
E-mails obtained by The Submit present faculty leaders have been informed as lately as April that the science lab was funded and all set for renovation over the summer time.
It wasn’t till June that officers discovered the cash had been rerouted to an extended-delayed rooftop greenhouse in the identical constructing.
“Our chemistry lab, which had been within the works for years, was all of a sudden canceled. This has put our college students in jeopardy,” Principal Roger Turgeon wrote on July 7 to Faculty Development Authority officers.
“The funds we had initially acquired . . . have been particularly earmarked for a chemistry lab,” Turgeon added. “Who approved the funds be used for an additional challenge?”
Data present that former Metropolis Council Speaker Christine Quinn allotted $800,000 towards the lab in 2012, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer just lately offered $200,000.
However the SCA quietly shifted most of that funding towards the greenhouse, an endeavor with Cornell College that’s $1.2 million over its $2 million price range.
DOE officers say the SCA adopted protocol for diverting cash, which solely requires approval from the Metropolis Council.