2012-02-17 / Top Stories

Co-Location Battles At BCHS

By Howard Schwach

For the past several years, the Department of Education has been placing several schools in existing buildings, especially when the building’s original school is being phased out or closed. Called “Co-Location,” the program has impacted hundreds of schools and the result, education experts say, has not always been a happy marriage.

Beach Channel High School, which is slated to be closed at the end of the 2014 school year, now houses three other “smaller schools” – Channel View School for Research; Rockaway Park High School for Environmental Sustainability and the Rockaway Collegiate Academy.

Now, the co-location of that “campus” has begun to unravel, students and staff have told The Wave.

In fact, the problems between two of the schools has reached such a contentious level that students from one of the smaller schools have been banned from all of the campus athletic events.

“The students from Rockaway Park [High School for Environmental Sustainability] have been banned from all the school’s sports events because of a fight at a girls basketball game,” a student, who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution, told The Wave this week. “The fight was between students at Rockaway Park and Channel View [School for Research] that started through comments at the game. When it looked like there was going to be a big fight, the students from Rockaway Park just walked away, but we have been banned from the games and the students from Channel View have not. That’s not fair.”

The student added that some of the Rockaway Park students lined up to get into a game on Monday and, after an hour of waiting, were told by security guards to “step aside,” that they were banned by the principal.

“We were very embarrassed, and we just watched the Channel View students go into the game.”

Calls to the schools for comment were referred to the Department of Education.

Margie Feinberg, a longtime spokesperson for the DOE, said, “No students have been banned from the sports events at the school. For the past several basketball games, however, several students have used inappropriate language and disrupted the games.

Those students were escorted out of the games and will not be allowed to attend games until school officials speak with them and their parents. Such disruptive behavior cannot be allowed to continue.”

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