Girls Prep Hearing Set For February 11th

As we reported last month, the Department of Education has settled on an expansion plan for the Girls Prep Middle School. Assuming their application for expansion is approved by the Board of Regents, the charter school will be taking on more space in its current location, a building it shares with P.S. 188 and P.S. 94 on Houston Street. Via District 1’s Community Education Council, we now have official notice of a state-mandated public hearing on the matter.

It will be held next Thursday, February 11th, in the P.S. 188 building, 442 East Houston, at 6pm. You can see the full notice after the jump:

Educational Impact Statement

I. Description of the subject and purpose of the proposed item under consideration.
Pending final approval of the charter grade expansion application by the Board of Regents, in the 2010-2011 school year, Girls Preparatory Charter School of New York (84M330, “Girls Prep”), an existing single-sex charter school serving grades K-5, will implement a gradual grade reconfiguration plan to expand its current grade configuration to K-8.

Girls Prep is housed in school building M188 (hereinafter referred to as “M188”), located at 442 East Houston Street, Manhattan in Community School District 1 (“District 1”). Girls Prep is currently co-located with two other schools, P.S. 188 The Island School (01M188, “P.S. 188) and a District 75 Program, P.S. M094 (75M094, “P.S. M094), in M188. P.S. M094 currently serves grades 4-9 at M188. P.S. M094 students will graduate and enroll in other schools over the next few years and no students will be displaced. Space will be created through graduation of current students over the next several years, thereby reducing the total number of sections from nine to five with corresponding declines in student enrollment and space need.

P.S. M094 will continue to serve middle school students in the building and enrollment will be based on the enrollment needs of District 75. M188 has a capacity of 1,010 and its 2008-2009 target utilization rate was 67%. In the long term, as P.S. M094 students matriculate, M188 will have sufficient space for the grade expansion of Girls Prep, and for P.S. M094 and P.S. 188 to operate  at full organizational capacity. There will be no students displaced at P.S. M094 or P.S. 188 by the expansion of Girls Prep.

In 2010-2011, Girls Prep will add grade 6 and will serve grades K-6. Grade 7 will be added in 2011, and grade 8 will be added in 2012. The grade expansion of Girls Prep will create approximately 200-250 new middle school seats for female students in District 1. This proposal will create a high quality middle school option in District 1.

II. Information regarding where the full text of the proposed item may be obtained.
The Educational Impact Statement can be found on the Department of Education’s Web site: http://schools.nyc.gov/AboutUs/leadership/PEP/publicnotice/Proposals+Feb+Vote.htm.

III. Submission of public comment.
Written comments can be sent to D01Proposals@schools.nyc.gov. 52 Chambers Street Room 320 New York, NY 10007 Telephone: 212-374-0209 Fax: 212-374-5588. Oral comments can be left at 718-935-4415.

IV. the name, office, address, email and telephone number of the city district representative, knowledgeable on the item under consideration, from whom information may be obtained concerning the item

Name: Kim Wong
Office: Office of Portfolio Planning
Address: 52 Chambers St
Email: Portfolio@schools.nyc.gov
Phone: 212-374-5049