"The DOE has decided to dump 1,000 students into Bayside High School, requiring the school to use more trailers and operate at 180% capacity or more on at least a 12 period day.
Information obtained from the school's Leadership Team confirms that the DOE has increased the school's 2010-11 projection to 1500 students above its capacity and intends to increase the number of special education students in the school by 40%. Coming at a time of anticipated severe budget cuts, the City's plan will endanger Bayside's outstanding record of compliance with special education mandates and derail the school's efforts to reduce guidance caseloads to 200 students per counselor.
The school's recent initiatives to gain college accreditation for courses and establish new programs are also at risk due to the anticipated stuffing planned by the DOE.
"Although the DOE claims that high schools with 400 kids are ideal, they continue to load the high schools of Eastern Queens beyond the 150% mark. This community has been underserved for years. Don't our kids deserve smaller schools now?" asks one parent.
"This is becoming a great school. Why doesn't the DOE listen to parents and staff on an important matter like enrollment numbers?" asked another.
"They don't try this in Manhattan. The City thinks they can get away with stuffing these schools because immigrant parents don't complain" said another.
As the DOE continues efforts to close schools supposedly "saved" by a judge's decision by discouraging new applicants and offering current students in them transfers to Bayside, the Department is also now offering transfers into Bayside from other schools including Newtown, Richmond Hill, John Adams, John Bowne, Flushing, Springfield Gardens, and Grover Cleveland, among others. These efforts are expected to push Bayside even beyond the new higher projected figures.
Bayside, already operating on an 11 period day plus Saturdays, will have to drastically reduce the number of community groups using the building after school and weekends in order to cope with the new schedule. Currently, over 50 Bayside local community groups and schools use Bayside's gyms, pools, athletic field and classrooms after school and weekends. That number will need to drop as the school will need to schedule additional classes using these facilities.
The DOE is using deliberately fuzzy math in justifying the setting up of Bayside for failure, such as underestimating how many current students will return to show open seats which don't exist.
The Parent Teacher Association plans to meet with City Councilman Dan Halloran as well as with DOE officials to voice their opposition to any increase in student numbers and to push for a net decrease in the current numbers." - anonymous