Next Friday – November 19 – at 3:00 Sheesphead Bay High School is having a rally to try and keep the school open.
We know the school year really just started but come NEXT September the city is going to try to close 19 schools , and try to phase out 16 more, continuing its strategy of closing some of the city’s largest high schools and replacing them with small schools or charter schools.
Sheepshead Bay is on the list of “persistently lowest achieving” schools and it will most likely be phased out and replaced with the smaller schools but it could also go though something called transformation.
Since Sheepshead Bay High School has been on the city list of “persistently lowest achieving” schools they are on the list to be phased out. The main problem being that their graduation rate has been consistently below 60% (2007: 52%, 2008: 55%, 2009: 57.4%)
Currently, the DOE is meeting with Sheepshead leadership to discuss what those statistics don’t reflect.
These “transformations schools” can hire two new kinds of teachers — master teachers and turnaround teachers — who will earn up to 30 percent more than their regular salaries for training teachers in addition to their regular duties. Those premiums, and other school improvements, will be financed by $2 million a year in federal stimulus money over the next three years.
Principals at most transformation schools will be removed, according to federal rules that must be followed in order to receive the money, even though teachers will not be dismissed.