“Make P.S. 108 a middle school.”- Parents say elementary school is in need of an upgrade

Even though schools are now teaching through remote learning, parents at one Bronx elementary school are looking to expand when it reopens.

News 12 Staff

Apr 22, 2020, 8:49 PM

Updated 1,493 days ago

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Even though schools are now teaching through remote learning, parents at one Bronx elementary school are looking to expand when it reopens. 
Parents of P.S. 108 say their current elementary school is in need of an upgrade. “We think it's a simple solution, make P.S. 108 a middle school, the time is now,” says parent Tara McCrossan. 
They say some students were being taught in outside portable classrooms to reduce overcrowding in the building. Plans by the Department of Education call for the modules to be torn down and replaced with a permanent annex on the school property that will house 600 additional seats. 
Parents believe the proposed addition should be used to expand the school into both an elementary and middle school. 
P.S. 108 runs from kindergarten to fifth grade. Parents say because of the lack of middle schools in Morris Park, some families of graduating students leave the neighborhood to attend middle schools outside their district. 
They say upgrading the P.S. 108 building to house kindergarten through eighth grade would keep their school community together especially during these difficult times.
As of now, close to 900 signatures have been collected to push for P.S. 108 to be expanded to a middle school. 
News 12 reached out to the Department of Education and released a statement saying, "This project is currently in the design phase and is part of our commitment to building and maintaining high-quality public schools for students throughout the city. We’re committed to working with the CEC and school community to best address the needs of the district, and plan to begin discussions around planning for the use of the 600-seat addition in the coming months.”
 


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