2004-03-05 / Community

Cashin Outlines Changes At PRYSE Meeting

Contributing Editor
By Miriam Rosenberg
Cashin Outlines Changes At PRYSE Meeting By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor


Dr. Kathleen Cashin, Region 5 Superintendent, talked about changes in store for Rockaway’s schools and promised to dedicate her time to improving education on the Peninsula.Dr. Kathleen Cashin, Region 5 Superintendent, talked about changes in store for Rockaway’s schools and promised to dedicate her time to improving education on the Peninsula.

Dr. Kathleen Cashin, Regional Super intendent for the New York City Department of Education – Region 5, detailed changes to be made in Rock away’s schools in a well-received speech to the Rockaway community. Cashin made the speech at the PRYSE Report to the Community on February 27 at the Peninsula Health Center.

She announced that Region 5 would be getting two Frederick Douglas Academies. One of them will be located in Far Rockaway High School. Cash in also said that the curriculum and applications are ready for a Chan nelview Academy for Research to be located in Beach Channel High School.

Oceanography is another issue that Cashin would like to tackle.

"I’ve already made a contact with a significant person who will help us enhance Beach Channel High School and a make a rebirth of the oceanography program [there]," Cashin told the crowd.

A school for scholars for Region 5’s children is also in the works.

"We’re going to build, starting this year at two elementary sites85a school for the scholars at 105, 114, and 204," explained Cashin, who said that they are currently accepting applications for the scholars program. "[The applications] are even coming from the mainland. I’m very hopeful for the program."

She also discussed changing the Middle Schools to K-8.

"As children get into K-8, we will restructure our Middle Schools gradually85for example 198, we’re going to put a primary grade program there that will be gifted and non-gifted," Cashin said. "There will be extended day for pre-K or kitekartgent so parents who have to work have a safe, loving environment for their children. We’re going to make 198 a K-8 and change the whole culture over there."

Cashin also addressed the high schools in the Rockaways.

"I’m very concerned about our Far Rockaway High School," Cashin said. "I am going there once a week, and I am getting an office there set up for me so I can be there.

"There are some kids [there] that may need more attention and a smaller teacher/pupil ratio. We need to do that, and we will do that."

Far Rockaway High School was designated, in the city’s Impact Schools Initiative, as one of the 12 schools most troubled schools in the city.

"This was done to tighten up security in the schools and face the problems head on," said Cashin.

"The children in the Far Rockaway’s need more activities for them," responded Cashin to a question from The Wave on the problems in Far Rockaway High School. "We don’t have a youth center. We’ve got to get things for our children to do where they can readily engage in sports activities."

As principal at Oceanhill Browns ville, Cashin said she got kids involved in such sports as soccer, gymnastics, and Lacrosse.

"We need to do this for our children."

Cashin said she is in the process of deciding what is best for the troubled Far Rockaway High School.

"We’ve got to come up with a plan85we can’t some up with a plan without analyzing," continued Cashin. "That’s what we are doing now.

"Every month we wait to come up with a decisive plan the children lose out. So, urgency and expeditious handling of this is critical, but at the same time I’ve got to make an informed decision."

Cashin told everyone that, working with the community, she is determined to make Rockaway’s schools better.

"My job is not to be nicey, nicey and play it safe and keep my job," she said. "My job is to shake things up on behalf of your children.

"That doesn’t say that I’m always right, but I will come to meetings and listen and I will modify plans and propositions through listening and experience, because that’s my job. My job is not to be the expert, although I should have expert skills. My job is not to have the title of expert. My job is to deliver the goods."


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