2 years ago we wrote about the confluence of factors (including lots of development in DUMBO and Brooklyn Heights) that would inevitably lead to a severe overcrowding problem at P.S. 8 (currently at 140+% capacity). This spring the chickens came home to roost. After dropping all pre-K classes last year, this year the school was forced to drop a kindergarten class at the last minute leaving 50 families on a wait-list with little to no chance of getting into their zoned school. A group of affected and sympathetic parents, We Are P.S. 8 Too, held a public meeting with the DOE and some interesting information was revealed.
It looks like the DOE will not let the school add back a 6th kindergarten class now, or in the future, and it was mentioned that re-zoning is inevitable sometime soon. This means that many of the residents living in or near DUMBO may find themselves zoned to P.S. 307 in Vinegar Hill (where many of the waitlisted parents were given placements.) The whole situation this year was handled badly by the DOE and only further demonstrates their inability to plan ahead when the population shifts or grows leaving families to scramble. What is going to happen to the rest of the schools in the area when residents move into the 10,000+ apartments under construction in Downtown Brooklyn?
- P.S. 8 Overcrowding: Wait-Listed Parents State Their Case at Community Meeting; DOE ‘Faces the Music’ (Brooklyn Heights Blog)
- Possible rezoning of PS 8 – community meeting recap 5/13 (Brooklyn Bridge Parents)
- The Problem with P.S. 8 (DoBroSchools)
- We Are P.S. 8 Too (Change.org)