Monday, February 18, 2008

Staten Island Advance Article:Transfer school, designed to cut dropout rate, proposed-

The Advance published this article Sunday, February 17th, 2008. We think they missed the point.

From our perspective, the point is that although our proposal has been given the go-ahead, we have to open in Carnarsie instead of Staten Island. The reason given -- no space. But insiders know that's not accurate.

Tell us what you think. Comment below.

Transfer school, designed to cut dropout rate, proposed- "STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Staten Island high school students at risk of dropping out could get a second chance at a proposed school that would make graduation a likelihood instead of a longshot.

It might even be their very last chance, according to officials at the New York Center for Interpersonal Development (NYCID) in St. George, which has partnered with New Visions for Public Schools, to open a transfer school here by September 2008 or 2009...."

"This is a quality proposal and we did want to open a transfer school on Staten Island, but we had difficulty in siting the school," she said. "That's not to say we don't want to bring a transfer school to Staten Island but it takes a long time for new buildings to come up and we didn't have any usable space for this purpose in existing DOE buildings."

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