Upper East Side School Rezoning to Have More Parental Involvement

By Gabriela Resto-Montero on June 23, 2010 6:29pm 

The Department of Education recently created P.S. 272, which will share a building with P.S. 158 on York Avenue, as a way to relieve overcrowding. The school district will have new zones for the 2011 school year.
The Department of Education recently created P.S. 272, which will share a building with P.S. 158 on York Avenue, as a way to relieve overcrowding. The school district will have new zones for the 2011 school year.
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By Gabriela Resto-Montero

DNAinfo Reporter/Producer

UPPER EAST SIDE — On the Upper East Side it's never too early to start thinking about Kindergarten.

After a 2010 public school enrollment period where parents faced long wait-lists and alternate placements for area schools, the Community Education Council for District 2 schools is preparing to redraw the lines and define new school zones for the fall of 2011.

"I don't think the Upper East Side was prepared for this conversation at all," said Sarah Chu, a member of the CEC for the district, of the frustration many parents felt at overcrowding in the schools.

"I think after all the heartache all the information has percolated to the playground," Chu said.

The CEC, an organization made up of members elected from Parent Teacher Organizations and

As public schools on the Upper East Side have improved, more and more parents have opted to enroll their children in the programs, Chu said.

That preference, coupled with a higher number of families moving into the area, has resulted in overcrowded schools, she said.

In response to the crisis, the Department of Education opened the new P.S. 272, which will begin classes in the fall of 2010 at the P.S. 158 building on York Avenue between East 77th and East 78th Streets.


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