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Bayside HS numbers game

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Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 10:58 am, Thu May 1, 2014.

The Department of Education is calling it a misunderstanding regarding next fall’s enrollment at Bayside High School.

Edward Tan and Jaya Sarkar, officers with the Bayside High School PTA, recently sent an email to the Chronicle saying the school is bracing for more than 1,000 new students in the fall, “to clear space for new schools co-locating at the downsizing Flushing and Martin Van Buren high schools.”

But the DOE says that number is based on the incoming freshman class, estimated at 900 students, which is actually down from the current freshman class of 1,005 students.

The Bayside High School principal has the discretion of picking students to attend from out of the district, but that is limited.

Reached by phone, Tan said on Monday that the school had an enrollment of 4,000 six years ago and that 3,100 is a more acceptable number. The school’s enrollment this year is 3,500.

He still believes the DOE wants to hike the enrollment to more than 3,600 in the fall but added: “We can’t do anything about it and have gotten no response from the department. I think it’s too late.”

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