Crowded Bronx schools subject of public meeting
(10/06/04) THE BRONX Borough President Adolfo Carrion, Jr. held a public meeting Wednesday to discuss the issue of overcrowding in Bronx schools.
According to Carrion, several schools in the Bronx are 113 percent to 165 percent over capacity. He says the overcrowding leads to a multitude of problems, including compromised student safety and difficult classroom conditions.
Education officials say the problem is being worked on by replacing large schools with smaller schools within the same space. They also say students are being transferred from large schools to under-utilized buildings.
Carrion says the overcrowding problem is caused in part by the Department of Educations slow pace in building new schools.