EAST SIDE HIGH SCHOOL NEARING REALITY
NEW YORK -- East Side parents are eagerly anticipating the opening of a new academically rigorous high school on the East Side of Manhattan. The new school, which will be known as the Eleanor Roosevelt High School, is slated to open its doors to students in September 2002 in a temporary location. The school is expected to move to its permanent location the following year. Parents and Elected Officials received an update on the new school from the Board of Education last Friday at a meeting of the Task Force for an East Side High School.
Task Force members were introduced to the school's new principal Susan Elliot who reported on the work she has done to create the school. In February, Ms. Elliot held an informational meeting with all 8th grade guidance counsellors in Community School District 2. They in turn distributed fliers inviting interested applicants and their parents to an open house to learn more about the school. The results were impressive for a new, untested school that does not even have a building of its own yet. More than 400 students from District 2 submitted applications for admission. Applications were reviewed on the basis of grades, reading levels and attendance records. From the pool of applicants, the school accepted 200.students. 106 agreed to attend.
The Upper East Side was well represented in the applicant pool, with 126 applications from the two main middle schools, Wagner Middle School and East Side Middle School. Of those applicants, 91 were accepted and 40 have agreed to attend. The remainder of the students come from District 2's other junior high schools, as well as from parochial and private schools.
"I am extremely pleased that our coalition of elected officials and parents, working with the Board of Education, has managed to create an excellent school that will serve our children well. I was impressed by the caliber of Ms. Elliot, with her vision for the school and with her ability to make the school a success, " said Task Force founder and co-chair Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney.
"We should never minimize what we have accomplished here," said Jennifer Greenblatt, a parent who attended the meeting.
Representatives of the Board of Education also reported that they are close to signing a lease for the old Sotheby's site. The building has one final environmental review to pass and then the landlord is expected to return a signed lease to the Board, which will add its signature to make the deal a reality.