THE BRONX - A new rezoning plan is in the works to help ease overcrowding at several schools in Norwood.

According to a recent report by the Department of Education's Office of Portfolio Management, P.S. 8 passed its maximum capacity and is operating at 145 percent capacity.

The DOE is hoping to alleviate the surplus of students by building a new elementary school on Webster Avenue. Under the new plan, new kindergarteners and incoming students in the rezoning area in District 10 would attend the new school next fall.

Officials say the changes will create smaller class sizes at P.S. 46, P.S. 280, P.S. 56, P.S. 20, P.S. 8 and P.S. 54. Most parents agree that reduced numbers in the classroom are needed.

The rezoning charges will only apply to incoming students. Those already enrolled at neighboring schools will remain where they are.

The District 10 Community Education Council is scheduled to hold a public meeting about the rezoning at M.S. 37 on Nov. 21.