Upper East Side School Rezoning to Have More Parental Involvement
By Gabriela Resto-Montero
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.