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Individual School Facility Problem
Overcrowded Substandard Facility Destabilized School Community Co-Located
Office of Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer
Base Map: MapPLUTO Release 09v2, Jun.- Sept. 2009. School Facility Data: "School Daze: Fuzzy Numbers Means Overcrowded Schools," Manhattan Borough President Stringer, Sept. 2009 and reported problems from school constituents.
THE CITY OF NEW YORK OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN
SCOTT M. STRINGER
INDIVIDUAL SCHOOLS REPORTING PROBLEMS RELATING TO PHYSICAL FACILITIES BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN APRIL 2010
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The information below describes the scale of space utilization problems in public elementary and middle schools in Manhattan. The descriptions are based on reports made to our office by parents, teachers, and school administrators during the past year. Reported problems are found in every residential neighborhood in Manhattan, encompassing uptown and downtown, east side and west side, and in communities of every cultural, ethnic and income demographic. The narratives are organized into three categories: I. Overcrowded which suggests that the school is overcapacity or has waitlists. II. Substandard Learning Facility which relates to lack of cluster space, graffiti on school walls, or trailers used as classrooms. III. Destabilized School Community which implies a fear of or concern about an imminent relocation or tension related to a co-located school. Each school is placed under the category with which it most closely aligns. In addition, there is a note about whether the school is co-located. To provide a complete and accurate snapshot of overcrowding, the corresponding map includes schools identified as “overcrowded” by our office in our third and most recent “Crowded Out” report, issued in September 2009. These situations are multi-faceted and deeply emotional for many of the parties involved, and the narratives below reflect many of the stories that we hear on a daily basis. There may be other, conflicting perspectives which have been excluded from this catalogue, simply because this information is derived from stakeholders who have actively sought out our office and not the entire universe of stakeholders involved in every school. Despite the subjective nature of the data, which is somewhat inherent to community input, we believe that the sheer number of these reports suggests that DOE’s planning for space has been haphazard, shortsighted, and detrimental to many school communities.
02M003 P.S. 3 (Charrette School) is co-located with Greenwich Village Middle School (GVMS) (M896). P.S. 3 faces ongoing overcrowding problems. In the 2009-2010 school year, the DOE relocated two Pre-K classes from P.S. 3 to Greenwich House in order to accommodate a waitlist of 91 Kindergarten students. 02M006 P.S. 6 (Lillie D. Blake School) has faced ongoing overcrowding problems and was overenrolled by 23 students in April 2009. 02M011 P.S. 11 (William T. Harris) is co-located with M.S. Clinton School for Writers & Artists. Both P.S. 11 and Clinton need more space and share a building that is currently facing severe overcrowding problems. P.S. 11 has lost cluster rooms and reading resource rooms in the past few years. Members of the P.S. 11 school community have stated that they are at risk of losing state and federal funding if their class sizes increase, as well as Title 1 funding. Last year, the DOE committed to move Clinton out of P.S. 11 so both schools would have the opportunity to grow. A proposal by the DOE to relocate Clinton is currently under review, but no decisions have been finalized. 02M041 P.S. 41 (Greenwich Village School) is overcrowded. In the 2009-2010 school year, the DOE had to relocate one of the school’s Pre-K classes to Greenwich House to alleviate overcrowding and waitlist problems. 02M059 P.S. 59 (Beekman Hill International School) was overenrolled by 45 students last April, according to the DOE. The Department resolved the school’s waitlist problem by having parents select alternate schools throughout the summer of 2009. P.S. 59 faces similar overcrowding and waitlist problems this year. 02M089 P.S. 89 is co-located with I.S. 289. Until last year, P.S. 89 was one of only two elementary schools in lower Manhattan (along with P.S. 234). Combined with a residential boom and failure on the part of the DOE to plan proactively for school seat creation, the school has faced serious, ongoing overcrowding problems. 02M158 P.S. 158 (Bayard Taylor School) is co-located with East Side Middle School. As a result of overcrowding, the DOE will have to relocate East Side Middle School to another building. In the 2010-2011 school year, the DOE will incubate a new school, P.S. 267, in the building. This will require P.S. 158 and P.S. 267 to share small common spaces including the cafeteria and back yard. 02M183
P.S. 183 (Robert L. Stevenson School) was overenrolled last year and had a waitlist that the DOE resolved by having parents select alternate schools throughout the summer of 2009. P.S. 183 faces similar overcrowding and waitlist issues again this year. 02M234 P.S. 234 (Independence School) was, until last year, one of only two elementary schools in lower Manhattan (along with P.S. 89). Combined with a residential boom and failure on the part of the DOE to plan proactively for school seat creation, the school has faced serious, ongoing overcrowding problems. To address overcrowding, the DOE utilizes space in an annex and at Manhattan Youth, an after school organization. DOE efforts to address overcrowding through a temporary rezoning have not resolved the problem. P.S. 234 will require a lottery in 2010 because it cannot accommodate all the children in its zone. 02M290 P.S. 290 (Manhattan New School) was overenrolled by 40 students last April. The Department resolved the school’s waitlist problem by having parents select alternate schools throughout the summer of 2009. P.S. 290 faces similar overcrowding and waitlist problems this year. 03M009 P.S. 9 (Sarah Anderson School) is co-located with M.S. 243 (The Center School). As of March 2010, P.S. 9 was at 103 percent utilization, and is at risk of being over 100 percent capacity again next year. 03M075 P.S. 75 (Emily Dickenson School) is co-located with M.S. 250 (West Side Collaborative Middle School). Lunch starts as early as 10:00 am for some students, to allow both schools access to the cafeteria throughout the day. Scheduling enough gym classes for each grade in a given week has been a challenge due to the large number of students in the building and the range of students’ ages. 03M087 P.S. 87 (William Sherman School). At 121 percent capacity, P.S. 87 is the most overcrowded school in District 3, with a waitlist in March 2010 of more than 110 in-zone students. Ongoing overcrowding problems have resulted in P.S. 87 losing cluster rooms, and out-of-catchment siblings can no longer attend P.S. 87 with their older siblings. 03M163 P.S. 163 (Alfred E. Smith School). P.S. 163’s Kindergarten classes are in two trailers that were supposed to be temporary, but which have now been behind the school for 10 years. Concerns have been raised about children being in a learning environment that is meant to be temporary, which subjects them to restricted space and makes them feel like they are not a real part of the school. 03M165 P.S. 165 (Robert Simon School) is co-located with the Earth School (M.S. 364) and Tompkins Square Middle School (M.S. 839). The school is overcrowded with capacity at over 100 percent, and has a waitlist for September 2010. 03M166
P.S. 166 (The Richard Rogers School of the Arts and Technology). P.S. 166 is operating at over 100 percent capacity. The school may risk losing their Dual Language program if it is required to make room for additional students both in and outside of its immediate zone. The school currently has a waitlist for September 2010. 03M199 P.S. 199 (Jessie Isador Straus School) was co-located with The Center School until last year. However, significant overcrowding problems led the DOE to relocate The Center School to create additional seats for students in the P.S. 199 zone. As of March 2010, P.S. 199 was at 99 percent capacity with more than 50 in-zone students on its waitlist for the 2010-2011 school year. Due to ongoing overcrowding problems, out-of-catchment siblings are no longer able to attend P.S. 199 with their older siblings.
II. SUBSTANDARD FACILITY
01M020 P.S. 20 (Anna Silver School). In 2009, the DOE explored different space distribution scenarios in its Lower East Side schools that would allow for the expansion of Girls Preparatory Charter School. One option DOE considered was relocating the School for Global Leaders from its current building into P.S. 20. This move would have resulted in P.S. 20 losing all of its cluster rooms. The DOE did not move forward with this proposal. 01M184 P.S. 184 (Shuang Wen School). In 2009, the DOE explored different space distribution scenarios in its Lower East Side schools that would allow for the expansion of Girls Preparatory Charter School. Members of the Shuang Wen school community objected to one DOE proposal that would have relocated District 75 students to their school which, they felt, would restrict their ability to expand and fulfill the potential of their dual language program. The DOE did not move forward with this proposal. 84M188 Girls Preparatory Charter School (M188) is co-located with P.S. 188 (The Island School) and P.S. 94, a District 75 school. Last year Girls Prep expressed interest in expanding to serve middle school grades. The DOE explored different space distribution scenarios in its Lower East Side schools that would have allowed the school to expand, and ultimately released a proposal to keep Girls Prep in the M188 building. Members of the P.S. 188 and P.S. 94 school communities strongly opposed this proposal, saying it would prevent P.S. 188 from growing, and required the “graduating out” of students with autism who attend P.S. 94. 02M151 Yorkville Community School (M151). In its first year of operation, Yorkville had room for 100 students and enrolled 73. The school is currently on a short term (3 year) lease and will require permanent space to grow into a full sized elementary school. 02M167 J.H.S. 167 (Robert F. Wagner School). The DOE has discussed using Wagner Middle School to absorb Kindergarten students from over-enrolled schools. This would require very young children to share space with older students. In addition, the DOE has raised the possibility of utilizing Temporary Classroom Units (TCU) in the Wagner parking lot. 02M260 M.S. Clinton School Writers & Artists (M260) is co-located with P.S. 11 (William T. Harris School). The building housing both schools faces severe overcrowding problems, as each school needs additional space and seats. Last year, the DOE promised to move Clinton out of P.S. 11 so each school would have the opportunity to grow. The DOE proposed several possible relocations for Clinton, however parents have objected to each of these moves for a variety of reasons, among them that the space DOE has proposed is inadequate for their growth needs. In recent months, Clinton parents have raised strong objections to each of the two proposals DOE formally released for temporary relocation. The DOE’s first proposal would have moved Clinton students to the M033 building, requiring the relocation of 70 high need students who attend P.S. 138 at M033 across town to the American Sign Language School. The DOE ultimately withdrew this proposal, and released a second, which would relocate Clinton to the
American Sign Language (ASL) school building, where it would be co-located with two schools that serve students with unique language needs, and a third school serving high need District 75 students. Some Clinton parents have expressed concerns about the impact of their possible colocation in the building on students in the three other schools, as well as their own students’ ability to reasonably access common space including the cafeteria, gymnasium, auditorium, outside yard, library and science lab. 02M422 Quest to Learn (M422) is co-located with The American Sign Language and English Secondary School, The American Sign Language & English Lower School, and P.S. 138 at M047. Quest to Learn is a new, grade 6-12 high school currently serving only sixth grade students. The DOE placed Quest to Learn in the American Sign Language school building with the understanding that the school would be there for one year only. For the 2010/2011 school year, Quest to Learn will move to the Bayard Rustin Educational Complex where it will be co-located with five high schools. Some Quest to Learn parents have expressed concerns about housing their middle school children with so many high school students. 02M896 Greenwich Village Middle School (GVMS) (M896) is co-located with P.S. 3 (The Charrette School). In the fall of 2009, the DOE proposed relocating Greenwich Village Middle School (GVMS) to the financial district for the 2010-2011 school year to alleviate overcrowding in the building it currently shares with P.S. 3. This would move the only middle school seats in the West Village down to the Financial District. Additional concerns included the cost of moving the school to 26 Broadway. 03M208 P.S. 208 (Alain L. Locke School) is co-located with P.S. 185 (John M. Langston School) and Harlem Link Charter School (M469). P.S. 185, which serves grades K – 2, and P.S. 208, which serves grades 3 – 5, are tandem schools currently located on separate sides of the M208 building. Harlem Link Charter School is dispersed on both sides of the building. The DOE recently abandoned a proposal that members of the P.S. 208 community supported and P.S. 185 opposed, that would have merged the two tandem schools on P.S. 208’s side of the building, and relocated Harlem Link to other side. 03M243 M.S. 243 (The Center School) is co-located with P.S. 9 (Sarah Anderson School). To address overcrowding problems last year, the DOE relocated The Center School from P.S. 199 to PS 9, to make seats available to students in the P.S. 199 zone. P.S. 9 is overcrowded again this year. 03M245 M.S. 245 (The Computer School) is co-located with J.H.S. 44 (William J. O’Shea), The Anderson School (M334) and West Prep Academy (M421). As the DOE phases M.S. 44 out of the building, it will phase in a new school, P.S. 452. Questions remain as to how all schools in the IS 44 complex will have access to adequate school space in the 2010-2011 school year. 03M334 The Anderson School (M334) is co-located with J.H.S. 44 (William J. O’Shea), The Computer School (M245), and West Prep Academy (M421). Last year the DOE moved the Anderson School out of P.S. 9 and into its current building due to overcrowding. Questions remain as to
how all schools in the IS 44 complex will have access to adequate school space in the 2010-2011 school year. 03M415 Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts (M415) is co-located with Frederick Douglass Academy II Secondary School (FDA II). Earlier this year, the DOE abandoned plans to move Opportunity Charter School into the M415 building, a proposal both schools staunchly opposed. However the DOE has indicated its intentions to move a third school into the building in the 2011-2012 school year, despite cramped common spaces such as the library, schoolyard and cafeteria, where lunch periods start as early as 9:45 am. 03M421 West Prep Academy (M.S. 421) is co-located with M.S. 44 (William J. O’Shea), The Anderson School (M334), and The Computer School (M245). As the DOE phases M.S. 44 out of the building, it will phase in P.S. 452, a new school whose growth over the course of several years will require the DOE to re-locate West Prep Academy at some point in the future. 75M811 The Mickey Mantle School (75M811) is co-located with P.S. 149 (the Sojourner Truth School) and Harlem Success Academy 1 Charter School (HSA 1, M351). Members of the Mickey Mantle School community have raised concerns about overcrowding and shared spaces in the building, including the cafeteria and outdoor area. 03M860 Frederick Douglass Academy II Secondary School (FDA II) is co-located with Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing & Visual Arts (M415). Earlier this year, the DOE abandoned plans to move Opportunity Charter School into the building that FDA II and Wadleigh share. However the DOE has indicated its intentions to move a third school into the building in the September 2011-2012 school year despite cramped common spaces such as the library, schoolyard and cafeteria, where lunch periods start as early as 9:45 am. 04M012 TAG Young Scholars (M012) is co-located with Esperanza Preparatory Academy (M372), Global Neighborhood Secondary School (M381), The Bilingual Bicultural School (M182), and the Tito Puente Education Complex (M117). TAG is a Gifted and Talented School in East Harlem, located in the Tito Puente Complex. Parents at the school have expressed concerns about the quality of their resources and facilities relative to other G & T programs in Manhattan: the school does not have an art or music room, library, or technology lab. Parents have also expressed interest in moving TAG to a building where they do not have to be co-located, will have adequate facilities, and where there will be less strain on shared common space. 04M375 Mosaic Preparatory Academy (M375) is co-located with Harlem Success Academy 3 Charter School (HSA 3, M385), and P.S. 101 (Andrew Draper School). Some members of the Mosaic School community have expressed concerns that lack of space in the building will result in their having to turn East Harlem children away from the school. Additional concerns include not all schools in the building have equal access to the same quality facilities and resources, and that HSA 3 may expand, displacing traditional public school students from the building.
04M497 Central Park East I (M497) is co-located with J.H.S. 13 (Jackie Robinson) and Central Park East High School (M555). Members of the Central Park East I school community have expressed interest in expanding into underutilized space currently assigned to J.H.S. 13, which is under-enrolled by approximately 100 students. The DOE has rejected the school’s request to expand through a grade reconfiguration. 05M030 P.S. 30 (Hernandez/Hughes School) is co-located with Kappa II (M317) and P.S. 138 at M030. In early 2010, the DOE proposed to relocate Harlem Success Academy 2 (HSA 2) from its current location at P.S. 123 into the M030 building. The P.S. 30 school community has expressed tremendous concerns about the impact of this move on their school, including the possibility that they may lose classrooms at a time when they would like to expand. The DOE’s proposal to move HSA 2 into the M030 building was predicated on the assumption that HSA 2 would take over space vacated by Kappa II, a school the Department had sought and attempted to phase out. However in March 2010, the State Supreme Court overturned the DOE’s decision to close Kappa II and 18 other schools citywide, citing DOE’s failure to comply with Education Law requirements. It is now unclear how, if at all, the DOE will alter its current plans, in order to create adequate space for all schools involved: Harlem Success Academy 5, Harlem Success Academy 2, P.S. 123, Kappa II, P.S. 30, and P.S. 138 at M030. 05M123 P.S. 123 (Mahalia Jackson School) is co-located with Harlem Success Academy 2 Charter School (HSA 2, M384). Parents and P.S. 123 school staff have expressed deep concerns around the inequitable condition of resources and facilities between the two schools in the building. In February 2010, the Panel for Educational Policy approved a DOE proposal to relocate Harlem Success Academy 2 from its current location at M123 to another school, M030. The DOE constructed this proposal with the assumption that it would phase out Kappa II, another colocated school in the M030 building, in the 2010-2011 school year. However a State Supreme Court ruling in March 2010 overturned the DOE’s decision to close this school, along with 18 others citywide, and it is now unclear how the DOE will create adequate space for all schools involved: HSA 2, HSA 5, P.S. 123, P.S. 30, P.S. 138 at 30, and Kappa II. 05M195 I.S. 195 (Roberto Clemente School) is co-located with KIPP Infinity Charter School (M336). Members of the I.S. 95 community have expressed concerns about the expansion of KIPP, citing issues related to shared space such as the cafeteria and auditorium. 05M362 Columbia Secondary School (M362) is co-located with KIPP STAR College Preparatory (M726) and P.S. 125 (Ralph Bunche School). Members of the Columbia Secondary School community have expressed concerns about badly needed facilities upgrades, without which they feel the school will be unable to fulfill its potential. Additional concerns revolve around shared gym space.
06M143 J.H.S. 143 (Eleanor Roosevelt) is co-located with Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (M348), and Community Health Academy of the Heights (M346). Parents from J.H.S. 143 have expressed concerns about use of shared space, including the cafeteria and gymnasium. Lunch periods start as early as 10:30 a.m. to accommodate all the schools in the building. 06M173 P.S. 173 is co-located with Harbor Heights (M349). There are concerns about elementary and middle school students sharing common space because of behavior and language older students sometimes display in front of younger students.
06M293 City College Academy of the Arts (M293) is co-located with I.S. 218 (Salome Urena) and Middle School 322. Because of a lack of space, some classes at this school are taught in the hallway and rotunda. Parents and school staff have expressed interest in moving to another building where there will be adequate space for teaching and learning to take place. 06M349 Harbor Heights (M349) is co-located with P.S. 173. Some Harbor Heights school community members have expressed concerns about overcrowded classrooms and sharing common spaces. 06M368 Hamilton Heights School (M368). Hamilton Heights is currently split-sited between P.S. 28 and St. Catherine's Church and is looking to be unified in one school building. The DOE has proposed a unification in the P.S. 153 school building, which would cause P.S. 153 to lose art cluster rooms, its G & T programs, and out-of-catchment enrollment. Members of the Hamilton Heights school community and P.S. 153 have mobilized to oppose this move, expressing concern about constricting P.S. 153’s current space and compromising the school’s ability to provide its students with a rich education.
III. DESTABILIZED SCHOOL COMMUNITY
75M094 P.S. 94 is co-located with P.S. 188 (The Island School) and Girls Preparatory Charter School (M198). P.S. 94 is a District 75 school serving boys with autism. Last year the DOE explored different space distribution scenarios in its Lower East Side schools that would allow for the expansion of Girls Prep. Earlier this year, the Department released a proposal that would allow Girls Prep to stay and expand in the building it currently shares with P.S. 94 and P.S. 188. To accommodate the Girls Prep expansion, DOE will need to “graduate out” one grade of P.S. 94, and relocate some of its students to M276, a new school building in Battery Park City. P.S. 94 school community members have expressed concerns about the impact of this move on its high needs students. 01M188 P.S. 188 (The Island School) is co-located with Girls Preparatory Charter School (M188) and P.S. 94. In 2009, the DOE explored different space distribution scenarios in its Lower East Side schools that would allow for the expansion of Girls Preparatory Charter School. In early 2010, the DOE released a proposal that would allow Girls Prep to stay and expand in the building it currently shares with P.S. 188 and P.S. 94. This proposal drew criticism from members of the P.S. 188 and P.S. 94 school communities, some of whom feel Girls Prep’s growth will come at the expense of both schools: P.S. 188 would like to grow and now will not be able to; P.S. 94 will have to “graduate out” a class of its students in order to free up classroom space for Girls Prep. Additional concerns have been raised about the future interactions between a co-ed school that is growing which only serves girls, as well as the impact of expanding a school whose enrollment draws heavily from outside of District 1. 02M047 The American Sign Language (ASL) and English Secondary School (J47) is co-located with The American Sign Language & English Lower School (M347), P.S. 138 at M047, and Quest to Learn. The only public, dual-language American Sign Language School in the five boroughs, the ASL school has been in its current location for 100 years, and serves deaf and hard-of-hearing students, students of deaf parents or siblings, and non-deaf students who want to be fluent in sign language. In 2009, the DOE co-located Quest to Learn, a general education middle school serving 80 sixth graders, with other schools in the ASL school building. ASL school staff says the DOE promised them that Quest to Learn would only be sited in their building for one year. ASL has expressed a desire to grow and re-claim cluster rooms and the science lab that were lost when DOE moved Quest to Learn into its building. Around the same time, the DOE released a second proposal to relocate 70 high needs students attending P.S. 138 at M033 (a District 75 school) to the American Sign Language school building. Some members of the American Sign Language School community expressed concerns about accommodating the large number of students in wheelchairs that the Department planned to move into their building, and the true impact of this move on all four school communities involved. Elevators with ongoing mechanical problems, time and cost associated with necessary repairs and renovations to bathrooms and an inadequate fire safety plan that would have involved removing students from a window, one-by-one, using a cherry picker machine, were reasons
some said they believed the DOE had not carefully thought this plan through. Following a walkthrough of the building with elected officials, parents, and school staff, and in the face of significant community push-back, the DOE retracted this proposal. The DOE followed this retraction with submission of a second proposal that would relocate more than 250 Clinton School students into the ASL building. Members of the ASL school community believe the move of so many students will increase class sizes which are capped at lower numbers than in other schools, so students can easily see interpreters and instructors signing, cause long term loss of needed cluster space and classrooms, and force the school to turn away students who need the unique language services it provides. 75M138 P.S. 138 at M033 is co-located with P.S. 33 (Chelsea Prep). P.S. 138 at M033 is a satellite school, belonging to a larger collective of P.S. 138 schools serving high needs District 75 students. The school has been in its current building for 20 years and thrived there for a number of reasons, most notably that the space in the building meets its students’ needs. In 2009 the DOE proposed relocating P.S. 138 at M033 across town to the American Sign Language School. This relocation would have displaced 70 students in wheelchairs, some with autism, to temporarily create space for the Clinton School, which currently faces overcrowding challenges in its co-location with P.S. 11 and is seeking a permanent home. In early 2010, the DOE, elected officials, parents and school staff conducted a walkthrough of the ASL building to assess its suitability for the large number of incoming students in wheelchairs. Questions were raised about ongoing mechanical problems with building elevators, cost of renovations to bathrooms and fire-safety holding rooms, and proposed safety plans that included use of a cherry picker machine to remove students one-by-one from a second-floor window in the event of a fire. Upon determining that the ASL building could not reasonably accommodate these students, and in the face of significant community pressure, the DOE withdrew this proposal. P.S. 138 parents also strongly opposed a subsequent DOE proposal that would have dispersed their children to four sites throughout Manhattan, some of which are currently being constructed, and to unknown schools in outer boroughs. The DOE ultimately retracted this proposal as well. 75M138 P.S. 138 at M047 is co-located with The 47 American Sign Language & English Lower School (M347), the American Sign Language and English Secondary School, and Quest to Learn. Concerns exist about the condition of elevators in the building which, when they are not functioning, leave staff to carry some students with mobility impairments down several flights of stairs. Further, the building is not fire code compliant. Finally, concerns exist that P.S. 138 at 47 may lose two classrooms if the Panel for Educational Policy votes through a current DOE proposal to relocate more than 250 middle school students from the Clinton School for Writers and Artists in the ASL building. 02M347 The American Sign Language & English Lower School (M347) is co-located with The American Sign Language and English Secondary School, P.S. 138 at M047, and Quest to Learn. Some members of the ASL Lower School community report that when the DOE moved Quest to Learn in the ASL building, the Department explicitly promised that Quest would be there for one
year only. The ASL Lower School has lost its music room and science lab, and was supposed to regain classrooms once Quest to Learn moved out. Though Quest to Learn is moving out at the end of this school year, the DOE has proposed moving in The Clinton School for Writers and Artists. If approved, the ASL Lower School will lose more of its classrooms. 03M149 P.S. 149 (Sojourner Truth School) is co-located with Harlem Success Academy 1 Charter School (HSA 1, M351) and the Mickey Mantle School (75M811). Members of the P.S. 149 community have raised concerns about overcrowding in the schoolyard during lunch periods, lack of physical education programs for all students, and loss of music programming. In addition, P.S. 149 students are no longer allowed to use bathrooms on their floor without an adult to escort them. As a result, P.S. 139 students generally walk downstairs to a different floor to use the bathroom. This practice, parents and school staff say, causes students to miss valuable instructional time. 03M185 P.S. 185 (John M. Langston School) is co-located with P.S. 208 (Alain L. Locke School) and Harlem Link Charter School (M469). P.S. 185 serves grades K – 2, while its tandem school, P.S. 208, serves grades 3 – 5. These sister schools are currently located on separate sides of the M208 building, while Harlem Link Charter School has space on both sides of the building. Parents and staff at P.S. 185 expressed concerns regarding a DOE proposal to move them to P.S. 208’s side of the building where facilities, they felt, were not equipped to accommodate early childhood students. Further, P.S. 185’s current facilities work well for the students it serves, offering floor-to-ceiling bulletin boards and blackboards, and direct access to the playground. The DOE retracted this proposal. 03M241 P.S. 241 (the Family Academy School) is co-located with The Opportunity Charter School (M279) and Harlem Success Academy 4 Charter School (HSA 4, M386). Last year the DOE proposed to close P.S. 241 and open HSA 4 in its place. A lawsuit was filed that ultimately kept P.S. 241 open. The Department proceeded to co-locate HSA 4 in the school building with P.S. 241 and Opportunity Charter. P.S. 241 has lost cluster rooms for special education students, and some students are taught in windowless classrooms. Concerns have been expressed about the DOE prioritizing HSA 4 over others in the building, and perhaps trying to drive down enrollment at P.S. 241. In the fall of 2009, the Department sent letters to parents in P.S. 241’s catchment area, informing them that they could not enroll their students in Kindergarten classes at P.S. 241 in the 2010-2011 school year. 03M242 P.S. 242 (Gwendolyn Powell Brown Computer School) is co-located with Future Leaders Institute Charter School (M861). Members of the P.S. 242 community would like to expand, incorporating a Pre-K into their school, and have expressed concerns that the DOE is driving down their enrollment and failing to give them adequate support to do so.
84M279 The Opportunity Charter School (M279) is co-located with P.S. 241 (Family Academy School) and Harlem Success Academy 4 Charter School (HSA 4, M.S. 386). Last year the DOE proposed to close P.S. 241 and open HSA 4 in its place. A lawsuit that was filed ultimately kept P.S. 241 open. However the DOE proceeded with plans to move HSA 4 into the building. Members of the Opportunity Charter School community have expressed concerns about not having adequate instructional space for its students, who are predominantly children with special needs. 04M224 M.S. 224 (Manhattan East School for Arts & Academics) is co-located with Renaissance School of the Arts (M377) and the Academy of Environmental Science Secondary High School (M635). In January 2010, P.S. 224 parents expressed concerns about a new proposal they heard the DOE might release that would move a new school, Harlem Success Academy Charter School 5 (HSA 5), into the M224 building. The move would have relocated P.S. 224 to another building. Parents mobilized against the proposal, which the DOE ultimately did not release. 05M092 P.S. 092 (Mary McLeod Bethune School) is co-located with St. HOPE Leadership Academy Charter School (M388) and the Academy of Collaborative Education (ACE). Until March of 2010, the DOE had slated ACE for closure, and the DOE planned to move Democracy Prep Charter School 2 into the space ACE vacated. However a recent court decision overturned the closing of ACE and 18 other schools citywide leaving uncertain how space will be allocated in this building. Some members of the P.S. 92 community had hoped to expand in space ACE vacated, and have expressed concerns that the DOE did not allow them the opportunity to discuss this possibility. 75M138 P.S. 138 at M030 is co-located with P.S. 30 (Hernandez/Hughes School) and Kappa II (M317). P.S. 138 at M030 is a District 75 school serving high needs students, with satellite locations throughout Manhattan. Parents of students attending P.S. 138 at M030 have expressed concerns about the DOE making decisions to relocate and co-locate new schools in their building without consulting with them. The DOE released several re-location proposals in the 2009-2010 school year that would impact students attending P.S. 138 at M030. The first proposal, released in January 2010, would have relocated 39 high need students attending P.S. 138 at M033, a satellite P.S. 138 school, to the M030 building in the fall of the 2010-2011 school year. However, strong public outcry about the DOE’s plan to relocate this vulnerable student population led the Department to retract this proposal. The second DOE proposal called for the relocation of Harlem Success Academy 2 from its current location at P.S. 123 into the M030 building. In February 2010, the Panel for Educational Policy approved this proposal, which the DOE constructed under the assumption that in the 2010-2011 school year, it would phase out Kappa II, another co-located school in the M030 building. However a State Supreme Court ruling in March 2010 overturned the DOE’s decision to close Kappa II and 18 other schools citywide, due to the DOE’s failure to comply with Education Law requirements.
It is now unclear how, if at all, the DOE will alter its current plans to co-locate Harlem Success Academy 5 and relocate Harlem Success Academy 2, and the impact on other schools in the buildings they might share space with: P.S. 123, P.S. 30, P.S. 138 at M030, and Kappa II. 06M153 P.S. 153 (Adam Clayton Powell School). The DOE has proposed a unification of Hamilton Heights Academy, a school currently split at two sites, within P.S. 153’s building. Members of the P.S. 153 community have expressed concerns that the move will result in their losing art cluster rooms, G & T programs, which will negatively impacting the quality of education they can provide their students. As well, they are concerned about losing their out-of-catchment enrollment. 06M366 Washington Heights Academy (M366) is co-located with P.S. 152 (Dyckman Valley School). Some parents from Washington Heights Academy have expressed concerns that the DOE has not invited them to apply to be a K-8 school for the 2010-2011 school year. Parents asserted that the recent “F” grade the DOE assigned them was inaccurate, and viewed the DOE’s rejection of their request to expand as a way for the Department to place another school in the building. More recently, the DOE said it would not put another school in the building.
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