"Mark Reford, CEO of Basis Schools, told Community Board 6 last week that he decided to build the school in Red Hook because of its proximity to Park Slope, Carroll Gardens and Williamsburg, but that he also hoped the school could help Red Hook as well.
“We are fully committed to be an enrichment to the Red Hook neighborhood,” Redford said.
He said the school has no plans to offer scholarships when it opens in the fall of 2014 but he hopes to offer scholarships in the future.
CB6 approved a special zoning permit for the school's construction last week on the condition that scholarships are earmarked for Red Hook children and that the company never convert the space into a charter school."
The median income in the area of Red Hook Houses is $16,748. On December 11th, CB6 will vote again on the permit at the full board meeting.