From Forest Hills Patch:
Queens Metropolitan Educational Campus, the brand new school building in Forest Hills, could get a bit more crowded next year with the temporary introduction of a new high school class in the building.
The Department of Education announced this week that they are proposing to add one grade of an as-yet unfinished Maspeth high school to the campus, increasing the number of students there by as many as 225. The plan would begin and end with the 2011-2012 school year.
City Council member Karen Koslowitz, who advocated for the new school on Metropolitan Avenue for years, said she had serious reservations about the plan.
“I am very concerned about the impact that the proposed incubation of the Maspeth High School will have on the Metropolitan Avenue Campus,” Koslowitz said. “I am sending a letter to Chancellor Black to spell out these serious apprehensions, which include location of the school on the campus, amount of students and length of the incubation.”
Department of Education spokesman Jack Zarin-Rosenfeld said that in areas with school shortages like Maspeth and Forest Hills, finding new spaces to put students is a big issue for the department.
“Our priority in Queens and in Districts 24 and 28, is to really get high school seats up and available as quickly as possible,” Zarin-Rosenfeld said. “The schools on the Metropolitan Campus are now, and they’re phasing in, growing one grade at a time, so that’s a lot of space that’s sitting unused.”
I was just curious if there was an announcement about what focus the Maspeth High School would have because they were seeking feedback about it this past fall and to my knowledge have not made a decision yet. So how can they "incubate" the new school at the Forest Hills campus if they haven't stated what kind of curriculum it will offer? New high schools admit kids from across the city so I don't understand why getting high schools in districts 24 and 28 up and running quickly is a priority.
Oh wait, is the Maspeth school just going to absorb the overflow from Newtown and Grover Cleveland (2 schools facing closure) as the neighborhood feared all along?