BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Brooklyn's troubled Boys and Girls High School will be the subject of a public hearing on Monday.
Officials are required to hold receivership hearings for each of the city’s 27 schools that are identified as "Struggling and Persistently Struggling."
On Sept. 26, from 6 to 9 p.m., community members are invited to give input on ways to improve Boys and Girls.
The high school at 1700 Fulton St. is listed as one of the city’s Renewal Schools for its underperformance in recent years and was identified by the State Education Department for receivership under the City Schools Chancellor.
Under receivership, the school is obligated to reach certain benchmarks over the span of two years in areas such as attendance and graduation rates. If not, it may be placed under an independent receiver.
Student attendance has increased over the years, from 78.4 percent in 2014-2015 academic year to 82.3 percent in 2015-2016, according to the DOE, and the school’s graduation rate saw an uptick from 41.9 percent in 2014 to 50 percent the following year.
Still, Boys and Girls has remained in the neighborhood spotlight as community stakeholders continue to seek ways to improve conditions in the school, as well as the recent departure of former principal Michael Wiltshire.
Grecian Harrison took over as principal this summer and is attempting to turnaround the school.
As the academic year kicked off, Harrison gave Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña a tour to showcase improvement strategies including the enforcement of a uniform policy and a new student center, WNYC reported.
“Principal Harrison in a short period of time has really built a community where people want to work hard," Fariña said during a Sept. 20 visit.
During Monday’s public hearing, officials will discuss the school’s performance and the process of receivership, as well as get input from the public.
Attendees who wish to speak must register between 5:30 and 6:15 p.m., and written comments will also be collected.
For more information, visit the city’s DOE website here.
The public hearing at Boys and Girls High School, 1700 Fulton St, will be held on Monday, Sept. 26 from 6 to 9 p.m.