DOE says two new schools coming to DeWitt Clinton
By Sarina Trangle
UPDATED 4:33 P.M.
This winter, the DOE will announce more information about the new schools, which would eventually enroll between 420 and 460 students each and use 16 full-size classrooms. Both would begin by teaching ninth grade students and would add one grade level each year, according to the educational impact statement portion of the proposal released Friday by the DOE.
Clinton’s enrollment would decrease from about 3,630 to 2,250 over the next four years. According to the educational impact statement, Clinton would share large spaces such as three gyms, a cafeteria, an auditorium, a library, a dance room and a pool with the new schools and gradually hand over the building’s 125 full-size classrooms until Clinton only uses 75 by the 2016-2017 school year.
Clinton principal Geraldine Ambrosio was not immediately available for comment.
After Clinton received its second consecutive “F” on the annual school Progress Report in November, the Department flagged the school for “early engagement.” The DOE said it targeted Clinton because the school fell within the 5 percent of lowest performing high schools statewide.
As part of the “early engagement” process, the DOE meets with students, teachers and parents to solicit feedback on what to do with the targeted school. In Clinton’s case, hundreds of alumni, parents, students and staff showed up at a Dec. 6 meeting and spoke out against tampering with the 115-year-old institution.