When city officials announced “aggressive” plans in January to close or merge nine schools in the city’s turnaround Renewal program, they promised a series of public meetings at each school to solicit input.
The vast majority of those meetings are scheduled over the next two weeks, and will give the public a chance to offer feedback. Parents and educators have already pushed against plans to close at least one Renewal school — J.H.S. 145 in the Bronx — highlighting a tension in the city’s argument that it needs to close or merge schools that are still in a three-year program to help turn them around.
Here is a schedule of those meetings, which all start at 6 p.m. (One school, J.H.S. 162 Lola Rodriguez de Tio, is omitted from the list because its public hearing already happened.)
Upcoming Renewal school closure/merger meetings
|M.S. 584||Closure||3/6||130 Rochester Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11213|
|J.H.S. 145 Arturo Toscanini||Closure||3/6||1000 Teller Ave. Bronx, NY 10456|
|Francis Perkins Academy and Automotive High School||Merger||3/7||50 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11222|
|Young Scholars Academy of the Bronx and the North Bronx School of Empowerment||Merger||3/8||3710 Barnes Ave. Bronx, NY 10467|
|Essence School||Closure||3/8||590 Sheffield Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11207|
|Frederick Douglass Academy IV Secondary School and The Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance||Merger||3/13||125 Stuyvesant Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11221|
|Monroe Academy for Visual Arts & Design||Closure||3/15||1300 Boynton Ave. Bronx, NY 10472|
|Leadership Institute||Closure||3/16||1701 Fulton Ave. Bronx, NY 10457|