THE STATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
/ THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK / ALBANY, NY 12234 Office of P-12 Education
Ira Schwartz, Assistant Commissioner Office of Accountability 55 Hanson Place, Room 400 Brooklyn, New York 11217 Tel. (718) 722-2796 / Fax: (718) 722-4559
March 4, 2014 Ms. Sharon Contreras Superintendent of Schools Syracuse City School District 725 Harrison Street Syracuse, NY13210 Dear Superintendent Contreras: I would like to again thank you for the productive meeting that we had on February 20, 2014 regarding
Delaware Academy, Hughes Elementary School, and Fowler High School. All of these schools have failed to make academic progress over the last three years, as required of schools identified as either persistently lowest achieving (now known as Priority Schools) and/or Schools Under Registration Review. This letter is to provide you with a summary of the next steps that must be taken with these schools prior to the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year.
Next Steps for Delaware Academy, and Hughes and Fowler High Schools
Consistent with the provisions of
100.2(p) and 100.18 of Commissioner’s Regulations, the Commissioner’s expectation is that the
Syracuse City School District (SCSD) will submit to the Commissioner by April 30, 2014 a plan for these schools that will include at least one of the following actions:
Close the schools and relocate the students.
Phase out the schools and replace them with entirely new schools.
Enter into contracts with Educational Partnership Organizations (EPO) to take over administration of the schools.
Convert the schools to charter schools.
Allow the State University of New York (SUNY) to provide for the education of the students at one or more of these schools. Phase out/Phase-in Option In our conversation, you indicated that SCSD had already begun to phase-out Hughes Elementary School, and that a Latin school is being phased in to replace the school. Additionally, we spoke about your plans to begin the phase-out of Fowler High School, and replace the school with a Public Safety High School in the 2014-15 school year. Please note that the phase out of a school must be approved by the