Beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the New York City Department of Education (“DOE”) proposes the “co-location” of two new middle schools, 11X529 and 11X532, that will serve grades 6-8 in school building X142 (“X142”), located at 3750 Baychester Avenue, Bronx, NY, in Community School District 11. Middle schools 11X529 and 11X532 will be co-located with M.S. 142 John Philip Sousa (11X142, “M.S. 142”), an existing zoned middle school serving grades 6-8. A “co-location” means that two or more school organizations are located in the same building and may share common spaces like auditoriums, gymnasiums, and cafeterias.
Educational Impact Statement
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Name: Izaak Orlansky
Address: 52 Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007
Joint Public Hearing
Date: February 17, 2011
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: M.S. 142, 3750 Baychester Avenue, Bronx, NY 10466
Archive: Read a transcript of the hearing
Panel for Educational Policy Vote on the Proposal
Date: March 1, 2011
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Brooklyn Technical High School, 29 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217
For more information, see the PEP website.
In 2009-2010, building X142 had a utilization rate of 78%,1 and a projected utilization rate of 67% in the 2010-2011 school year.2 As such, in October 2010 the building was listed as an under-utilized building by the DOE.3
School building X142 is under-utilized as a result of declining enrollment at M.S. 142. Between 2006-2007 and 2009-2010, the number of students enrolled at M.S. 142 decreased by 9%. This enrollment decrease reflects lower demand for M.S. 142 as more options for middle school are made available to X142 zoned students through the District 11 Middle School Choice process. The opening of two new District 11 choice middle schools in X142 further addresses parents’ desire for more unzoned options in the district.
As 11X529 and 11X532 phase in, the DOE will decrease the M.S. 142’s enrollment by limiting its incoming sixth grade class to three sections in 2011-2012, as opposed to the 11-13 sections it has historically enrolled. The intent is to create campus choice among three small district choice middle schools in the X142 building. All three schools would admit students through the District 11 Middle School Choice process and offer priority to students who reside in the X142 zone. In addition, as a smaller school, M.S. 142 will be able to focus attention on a smaller cohort of students, thereby enabling M.S. 142 to more efficiently personalize instruction and serve its students.
11X529 and 11X532 would “phase in” gradually, meaning that in the first year of this proposal’s implementation, 2011-2012, both schools would enroll grade 6, and would grow by an additional grade each subsequent year. These schools are expected to enroll approximately four sections per grade until they reach their projected grade span serving grades 6-8 in the 2013-2014 school year with an enrollment of 345-390 students each. M.S. 142 would continue to serve grades 6-8 at 3-4 sections per grade.
The admissions policies at 11X529 and 11X532 will be the same. Both schools would first admit students who reside in the X142 zone (unscreened) and then admit students through the District 11 Middle School Choice process and use a Limited Unscreened selection method. Limited Unscreened schools give admissions priority to students who demonstrate interest in the school by attending an Information Session, Open House events, or visiting the school's exhibit at any one of the Middle School Fairs.
The two new schools will appear on the District 11 New Middle School Choice application in March 2011. Students will be able to indicate interest in attending 11X529 and 11X532 in the New Middle School Choice Application Round. In 2011-2012, M.S. 142 would continue to be a zoned middle school. Collectively, the three schools would guarantee a seat to all students residing in the X142 zone.
In the 2012-2013 school year, M.S. 142 would offer a District 11 Middle School Choice option. All three schools would be part of a campus choice model, which means that all schools would admit zoned students who wish to attend, then admit students through the Middle School Choice Process via a Limited Unscreened selection method, and accept out-of-zone District 11 students if space remains after all zoned students have been accommodated.
■ Once 11X529 and 11X532 reach full scale in 2013-2014, there would still be sufficient space to serve the students in these schools and M.S. 142 in school building X142.
In 2009-2010, building X142 had the capacity to serve 1,225 students and a building target utilization rate of 78%.
In 2010-2011, M.S. 142 currently enrolls 824 students yielding a utilization rate of 67%.
■ M.S. 142’s enrollment will decrease by approximately 168-183 sixth grade students beginning in 2011-2012, when it will only admit three total sections, or approximately 80-95 students, into its sixth-grade class.
■ In 2011-2012, 11X529 and 11X532 would each serve approximately 115-130 students.
■ Opening 11X529 and 11X532 in the X142 building would provide two additional high quality middle school options for District 11 families and would increase the number of middle school seats in the district.
In 2012-2013, the two new schools would each serve approximately 230-260 students.
In 2013-2014 school year, the two new schools would each serve approximately 345-390 students. In the 2013-2014 school year, all schools would have grown to scale.
- Both schools would offer priority to students who reside in the X142 zone (unscreened), and then admit students through the District 11 Middle School Choice process (employing a Limited Unscreened selection method).
- Although Middle School Choice applications were due on December 17, 2010, 11X529 and 11X532 will appear on the District 11 New Middle School Choice application in March 2011. Students will be able to indicate interest in attending 11X529 and/or 11X532 in the New Middle School Choice Application Round.
■ There are currently 20 District 11 schools serving middle school grades.
 The utilization rate reported here may differ from that published in the 2009-2010 Enrollment Capacity Utilization Report (the “Blue Book”) because the Blue Book enrollment includes Long Term Absences (“LTAs”), students who have been absent continuously for 30 days or more as of October 31st, 2009. The building capacity figures quoted here are consistent with the Blue Book. However, the building enrollment figures referenced throughout this EIS and used in the calculation of utilization rates only include the number of students who are actually projected to attend the school and do not include LTAs. This methodology is consistent with the manner in which the DOE conducts planning and calculates space allocations and funding for all schools. In determining the space allocation for co-located schools, the Office of Space Planning will conduct a detailed site survey and space analysis of the building to assess the amount of space available in the building.
 Based on November 1, 2011 unaudited register.
 The Under-utilized Space Memorandum can be found on the DOE’s website: http://schools.nyc.gov/NR/rdonlyres/6EBA8731-4A23-4E36-A528-157D795BA9CE/90273/UnderutilizedSpaceMemorandum100610.pdf