Mark Treger’s education for the City Council is in his blood. Trager, now a retired D75 teacher and professional, was originally a history and economics teacher at New Utrecht High School in Benchur, a month after he was first elected to the city council. He was the school’s UT delegation and was part of the school’s leadership team. These positions helped the councilor to represent Council District 47 (CD 47), which includes Conne Island, Bensenharst, Sea Gate, and Gravens.
“I wear a lot of hats, and I’m proud of that,” says Treger. He gave me a very special lens to see our neighborhood and our city.
That lens gave him an in-depth understanding of the issues facing many schools in the district over the years – the lack of funding for programs and years of improvement, as well as unprecedented time.
A.D. Talented and talented, they were flooded, and their heaters were damaged. Although temporary heating was provided, it kept those school buildings from becoming too hot or too cold. While this will take until 2017 to get everything in place, it will pave the way for the replacement of heaters, one of the most popular works in the trailer. Those temporary heaters have been removed.
“My students’ experience really changed my mind,” he says of the transition from teaching to politics. I wanted to increase their urgency because they were unrealistic politicians. It’s all about the ability to vote for the community and make noise. ”
During that first term, Trigger regularly visited schools in his district to focus on education, to understand his needs and needs from an academic perspective. His active activities include overcrowding and overcrowding of additional schools. He was behind the 2017 bill that required data collection on school bullying and introduced more transparency in parent-teacher fundraising.
In 2017, Treger was re-elected on behalf of the woreda and expanded his access to city education, and in January 2018 he was appointed chairman of the city council’s education committee.
A.D. In 2018, Trager visited Pan American International High School in Cuna, Queens. At the time, the school was part of the Renewal Schools program, which meant that this low-performing school would have to be renovated, renovated, renovated, renovated, renovated, renovated, renovated, renovated. It means there is a focus on turning around. Funding from the City Council gave the school the opportunity to hire a bilingual social worker, improving the availability of students and their families, who are worried about ICE, and who are now moving around during the crisis.
“There are 1,045 counselors for each school in our city,” says Trager.
Our schools must be community schools, and they must meet the needs of all children. They are not just about passing state exams and graduating on time. Our schools have so many. Schools are a way of life, and students are not robots. They are people. ”
Fighting for extra money for the district schools was another mission of this councilor. According to City Council spokesman Juan Soto, Treger has received $ 798,000 in technical support for the PS 288 over the years, and more than $ 4.5 million to support improvements to the P18, including an art therapist, music department, and media department. , And the visual arts department. At the end of last year, Rachel Carson High School received a new greenhouse for beach studies, $ 4.6 million from urban agriculture and several improvements to that school. And this month, the same school announced another $ 1.35 million for a high-end art studio. Abraham Lincoln High School received $ 2.1 million in funding for a computer lab, renovated the softball court, created a humorous courtroom, and improved technology. All four schools are located on Connie Island.
This summer, the councilor received funding from the City Council for FY2022 with capital funding for IS 303, Connie Island and PS / IS 95 in Gravesnd. The first received $ 325,000 from the Trager to build a hydroponics laboratory and a fruit and vegetable section, and the second school received $ 1.5 million for a roof garden. He also received $ 1.5 million for the D75 School in Graves, the P721K Food Arts Program.
But one school in particular that has benefited from Trager’s support is John Dewey High School in Graves.
A.D. The school was on the verge of closing in 2013, with only 600 students attending. Trager said at the time that he had asked Chancellor Carmen Farina not to close the school and that he should be given time to return. Trager has raised millions of dollars from the city’s budget over the years to help the high school develop a state-of-the-art kitchen for its nutrition program, courtroom is in operation, and construction will soon begin. A hall with the same standards as Broadway, including acoustics and lighting.
“The teachers were leaving, now they want to move there,” he said. “There are now 2,400 students, it is growing. There were only resources. When you make the right investment, that child is more likely to come to school. There are many lessons here. ”
Despite being in power for eight years, Councilor Trager was not satisfied.
“I want to bring all my schools into the 21st century,” he says. There is no question that schools need updates, wires, accessibility.
As the last months of his term come to an end, councilor Trager reaffirms that the public schools on CD 47, and the rest of the city, are ready to withstand the effects of the CVD. It has allocated $ 600 million for the Student Fair Fund, which was released in late April. With full financial support, Trager hopes, principals will help hire more social workers, art teachers and teachers.
“The crossroads we are on now will be temporary or generational,” he explains.
The president of the Council of Community Education (CEC) 21, which shares the state with CD 47, thinks Anna Lembersky Trager is irreplaceable.
“He was wonderful. He was great at giving money to schools and advocating for school infrastructure, ”said Lembersky. “He was a teacher in his early life, so he knew exactly what his problems were and gave him every penny. He has been involved in a number of projects including our Koi Island schools where people are untouchable. But he treated them equally. There was no competition with him. If your school needs it, I’ll give it to you. He did many good things for the district. I couldn’t see who could fill the shoes. It will be difficult. ”
Trager hopes to continue the work of the next chair of the education committee.
And what will Mark Trigger do next, January 2022?
“I am 39 years old, so I plan to be emotionally involved,” says Treger. My next destination remains to be seen.
What does he like to say to the public school students on CD 47?
“They continue to amaze me,” says Treger before pausing. “I say, ‘I’m sorry you weren’t given the opportunity to be successful for so many years.’ They deserve a lot. ”