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Queens high school closure, colocations hearings this week

Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship High School eyed for phase-out this year, as Flushing, Newtown sites sought for new colocated schools

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Posted: Monday, February 25, 2013 5:19 pm | Updated: 4:57 pm, Thu Feb 28, 2013.

The city Department of Education has scheduled public hearings this week for the three Queens high schools proposed for "phase-out" — meaning eventual closure, or as sites for new colocated schools. 

The first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. for the proposed closure of Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship High School in Cambria Heights. The meeting will take place at the school at 207-01 116 Ave. 

The public hearing for the proposed colocation of a new school in Newtown High School's campus will be held Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the school at 53-01 90 St. in Elmhurst. 

On Thursday evening, a public hearing will be held on the proposed colocation of a new high school within Flushing High School's campus. The hearing will be held at the school at 35-01 Union St. That hearing will also start at 6 p.m. 

Dmytro Fedkowskyj, Queens' representative on the Panel for Educational Policy and a staunch critic of the DOE closure process said he will propose a moratorium on school phase-outs and colocations at the March 11 PEP meeting at Brooklyn Technical High School.

An earlier version of this article listed Flushing and Newtown high schools as eyed for phase-outs along with Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship High School. However, that is not the case. The two schools are instead being looked at as sites for new colocated schools. We regret the error. 

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1 comment:

  • Brian Gavin posted at 11:15 pm on Fri, Mar 1, 2013.

    Brian Gavin Posts: 0

    "An earlier version of this article listed Flushing and Newtown high schools as eyed for phase-outs along with Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship High School. However, that is not the case. The two schools are instead being looked at as sites for new colocated schools. We regret the error " Unfortunately, there is no error. DOE will limit the number of incoming freshmen at Newtown and Flushing, and take the cream of the crop for the newer colocated schools. The new schools will be fed resources, while Newtown and Flushing will see decreased funding. Dwindling enrollment and second class citizen status in their own building will be the death knells of these two venerable neighborhoodinstitutions. In a few years they will be gone. A de facto phaseout.