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Sheepshead Bay High School on fast track to closure

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Sheepshead Bay High School parents and teachers are furious over the news that the Department of Education is moving forward with its plans to close the Avenue X school after sparing seven public institutions facing the same fate.

A yearly city-issued report card for the Sheepshead Bay High School dropped from a C grade in 2010 to a less-than-stellar D last year, but parents argued it has shown other signs of improvement.

Parent Coordinator Salvatrice Shipone said hallways are cleaner, student brawling is down and the graduation rate has risen by 17 percent since 2003.

“We’ve been improving every year,” Shipone said. “Is it perfect? No. But we’ve come a long way.”

Sheepshead Bay High is on a list of public schools slated for closure under a turnaround program where federal dollars are allocated to learning institutions that reopen under a new name and fires half of its staff by July 1.

On Monday, the Department of Education removed seven schools from the list that received A or B grades in the last year, including Franklin D. Roosevelt High School in Borough Park and William E. Grady Career and Technical High School in Brighton Beach.

A city panel will vote on closing Sheepshead Bay High School, as well as the rest of the schools on the list, at a hearing on April 26.

But Shipone believes Sheepshead Bay High might be saved.

“There’s still high hopes that the city will reconsider,” she said. “It’s not over yet.”

Department of Education spokesman Frank Thomas said schools like Sheepshead Bay High School would benefit from the program.

“This is an opportunity to assess and keep what is working, and also bring in a new wave of talent,” he said.

Reach reporter Daniel Bush at or by calling (718) 260-8310. Follow him at

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Reader Feedback

bklynlady from 11223 says:
what education or qualifications does salvatrice shipone even have to be working around children in a school? its scary how they will hire anyone! do they not perform drug tests before hiring someome? i guess not
June 10, 2012, 6 pm
greg james from Sheepshead Bay says:
say they do close Sheepshead Bay High School. Where you going to bring all the kids from the neighborhoods to go to. The schools all cross the borders are over crowded as it. How bout get the kids parents involved in there children. Instead of the kids from Sheepshead Bay High School roaming the streets. Lock the front n side doors force them into those Study Periods. Its the teachers n parents fault. If the parents would make there kids study harder. The grades would rise so they can't close the school.
Jan. 30, 2013, 8:32 pm

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