P.S. 63 parents protest plan to possibly close school and relocate students

Parents at P.S. 63 protested outside the school Monday over a plan to possibly close the elementary school and relocate the students.

Parents say the regional superintendent informed them of the plan about two weeks ago. Some ideas for the school would be to turn it into five separate high schools and send the current students to three area elementary schools. But parents say they like the way things are and don't want their kids shipped off. Another plan was to possibly make the fourth and fifth floors of the school into a high school, keeping the elementary students on the lower floors. Parents rejected that plan because they felt it was not safe.

A spokesperson for the regional superintendent says parents are jumping the gun since nothing is written in stone yet. She says the change has been proposed because the geographical area is currently not being utilized properly and has the capacity to accommodate many more students. The spokesperson added that the regional superintendent is reaching out to parents and the community to come up with a way to better utilize the area.

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