BUILD A NEW HIGH SCHOOL FOR THE NORTH SHORE OF STATEN ISLAND
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Staten Island's north shore needs a new high school, not the proposed few classrooms and another large gym squeezed into Curtis High School.
Curtis is by far the most overcrowded high school on Staten Island, at about 145% capacity. Other borough high schools are under 100% capacity, including New Dorp and Petrides at about 80%. McKee Vocational High School two blocks from Curtis is at only 68% capacity.
Yet the proposed solution, a second Curtis annex, would provide a net gain of only seven classrooms. Half the new space, two floors of the four-story building, would be occupied by another Curtis gym. To accommodate bleachers, a large and impressive section of the historic stone wall on St. Mark's Place would be destroyed.
Curtis High School would still be over 140% capacity, and still by far the most over-capacity high school in Staten Island. Clearly the Curtis Expansion Plan is a waste of our money.
Staten Island needs a new north shore high school to accommodate the present population as well as those who will soon live in the many large apartment complexes planned for the area. Several buildings and parcels of land have already been identified for this purpose, and investigations are underway.
THEREFORE we demand that our elected and appointed officials oppose the inadequate and wasteful proposed Curtis Expansion Plan and focus efforts on a new high school for Staten Island's north shore.
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