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P.S. 105: A New Leaf For A New Term

P.S. 105: A New Leaf For A New Term

By Aaron Zeidman

The Board of Education has announced that PS 105, the Bay School, will leave the Chancellor’s District and return to School District 27 this coming September.

According to Principal Laurie Shapiro, this marks a significant achievement for school faculty, students, parents and administration in turning the school in the right direction.

Shapiro feels that being placed in the Chancellor’s District has "absolutely been a positive experience for the school. The additional resources and professional developments that came along with District 85 status have greatly enhanced what the school has to offer."

"Basically, we have the mechanical stage down," said Shapiro. "We need to keep implementing this knowledge in order to increase student performance."

Shapiro also emphasized that the school is not off of the Chancellor’s SURR list, but that significant progress is being made in reading and math. "Students are assessed every eight weeks through the Success For All reading program, a program out of Johns Hopkins. This past September only 75 students were reading at grade level; 174 are on level now."

Parent involvement will also be an important element in the school’s success, said Shapiro, and parent involvement has increased. A school leadership team of 12 parents has formed at the school, and these parents are trying to get more parents involved.

The school will regain full District 27 privileges this coming September and will also continue to receive additional funding and staff support for at least another year, at which time an assessment and evaluation will take place.

A parent meeting will take place at the school on May 16 at 6:00 p.m. Attending will be Mr. Bromme, superintendent of District 27, and Dr. Case, supervising superintendent of District 85. Parents and community members are strongly encouraged to attend.

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