NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Officials getting ready for a massive expansion in the city’s prekindergarten enrollment were spending the last day before school starts finishing inspections of every single facility.
Inspectors representing the Health, Fire and other departments were brought in to check the sites, and a team from the Department of Education was expected to complete its walk-throughs of all locations Wednesday.
But hundreds of parents have been suddenly informed that their prekindergarten centers were either shut down or had their opening day postponed.
On Tuesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration said it is shuttering nine pre-K facilities and delaying the start dates at 36 others.
Safety and integrity concerns were behind the decision to revoke contracts at the nine centers, which were to serve 265 students. Those students will be reassigned to other sites.