Hundreds of students, and staff rallied Friday to save Sheepshead Bay High School from closing. The school is in danger of being “closed” by the Department of Education due to its “persistently lowest achieving graduation rate”. The atmosphere was excited and hopeful as teachers, para professionals, parents, and students, walked the perimiter of the school chanting ” Save Sheesphead Bay”.
“I am so proud” said one 20+ year veteran worker “I’ve been here through the good and the bad and this [rally] was definitely on of the good.” ”Closing a school with this much fight and the spirit that I see here today is about as mindless as appointing a chancellor with no education experience” said Councilman Lew Fidler. The councilman has recently introduced legislation to deny Cathie Black.
Neighboring John Dewey High School who has been rallying at 7:15am every friday showed up to support their Avenue X neighbors. They both share an Avenue X address with Dewey at 50 Avenue X and Sheepshead located at 3000 Avenue X.
There has been no decisions made yet by the DOE, any decision made will be for the 2011 school year.