Thursday, July 24, 2008
Sunset Park High School Update and Feature
Both IMBY (a year ago) and Brownstoner (today) have featured bits about the new Sunset Park High School that is due to open in September of 2009. The construction seems like it has gone quickly, but the year ago photos show that it has been a while already. Slow and steady wins the race in this case.
If you missed it, below is an excerpt from a June post about the CB7 meeting. Julie Stein-Brockway presented information about the new high school. I can tell you now that the new principal's name is Corinne Vinal. She comes from the DOE's Aspiring Principals Program, where I believe she served as a mentor. Before that she served as the principal of Manhattan's Center for Science and Mathematics.
The first report was from Julie Stein-Brockway, the co-director of the Center for Family Life. But tonight she was reporting on the new Sunset Park High School. SPHS has been granted the right to have just one principal with three small learning environments. This constitutes a huge savings in administration costs, and it will allow for a more cohesive community in the school. The new school will be associated with the Institute for Student Achievement. She reported that construction is on schedule, and that the school will open in the fall of 2009. The Sunset Park High School is NOT included in the "big book of schools" that all the current 7th graders took home this week, so spread the word: Sunset Park High School is an option! There will be three groups of 100 9th graders accepted. In addition, 75-100 10th graders will be admitted. A principal has been selected from a large pool, although Ms. Stein-Brockway could not give out HER name. We do know that she is a former principal who now works with the NYC Leadership Academy. Sunset Park has waited a long, long time to have its own school. Hopefully the enthusiasm and hard work of the development team will come to fruition intact.