The sentiment of the student body regarding the future of Long Island City H.S. was clear at the April 17 public hearing concerning the school’s possible closing and reopening under a different name with different faculty: the school is their home. But with public hearings concluded on the proposed closure of eight high schools in Queens, the fate of LIC H.S. and that of 18 other city schools, 26 in total, will be determined by a vote of the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) on April 26. The PEP is comprised of five members appointed from each borough and eight members appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
“I want the people on the stage to listen to the kids and their parents,” Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. said at the