Community Education Council (CEC) for District 24 voted unanimously last Tuesday to rename PS 330, located at 110-08 Northern Boulevard, as Helen M. Marshall School.
Marshall was the first and only African-American, and second woman, to be elected Queens borough president. She served in that role from 2002 to 2013.
Prior to that, Marshall’s long career in public service included 10 years in the City Council and eight years in the Assembly.
She passed away in March at the age of 87 in California.
Debra Rudolph said the idea was presented before the School Leadership Team (SLT) three months ago. She noted that Marshall, who lived in East Elmhurst, was an elementary school teacher for several years before being elected.
“We really feel she has organic roots in our community,” Rudolph said.
CEC 24 co-chair Dmytro Fedkowskyj was appointed by Marshall to the Panel for Education Policy. He remembered her fondly as “extremely passionate about education.”
“She did not nothing but make the borough better for our public schools,” he said. “I see this as a perfect fit for your school.”
In a statement, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, who suggested the idea to PS 330, called Marshall a mentor, friend and inspiration.
“Those of us who had the fortune to know Helen personally, know that above all, she was an educator,” Ferreras-Copeland said. “There’s no better way to honor her legacy than by naming a school after her.”
At the CEC’s December meeting, the council also approved a list of its top five capital projects.
Those projects include building an addition at PS 199 in Sunnyside, bathroom upgrades at PS 14 in Corona, building a French drain installation and window replacements at PS 229 in Woodside, and an auditorium upgrade for PS 73 in Maspeth.