The Department of Education finally proposed a pair of temporary Success Academy co-locations to accommodate excess middle schoolers from southeast Queens — after a three-year war with the network, The Post has learned.
According to a DOE posting, they have agreed to offer a two-year co-location for Success Academy Far Rockaway students at their current building at M.S. 53.
The department will also propose a one year co-location for additional network kids from southeast Queens at I.S. 238 Susan B. Anthony Academy in Hollis.
“I fought tooth and nail for a school for my son, and this morning I got to tell him that he won’t have to leave Success Academy next year,” said parent Giselle Valiente-Sukh.
While temporary, the apparent deal is being welcomed by Success Academy as it eases immediate space concerns for next school year.
Without seats, the network said 227 kids would have been compelled to merge back into district schools.
“I’m relieved for the families whose kids would have been forced to leave their schools,” said Jamaal Salah, a father of a Success Academy Far Rockaway second grader. “But I’m also disappointed. Three years is a long time — enough time for the city to find a permanent solution.”
The co-locations will likely be confirmed at a meeting of the Panel for Education Policy next month, according to the DOE posting.
The accord comes after Success Academy rejected a DOE suggestion that they rent out a defunct Catholic school in lieu of a co-location.
The network argued that the building was too small and geographically onerous for many of its southeast Queens parents.
Success Academy intensified a fierce campaign to secure public school seats in recent weeks, arguing that their children were being left in limbo despite promises of accommodation from City Hall.
“I’m tired of begging,” Salah told the PEP panel earlier this month. “Success Academy is high on the list at everything we do. Minority students are doing some things in this city that you have never seen before.”
Salah also noted that many city officials and other charter critics often exercise school choice for their kids, either at a screened public school or private institution.
“We just want our piece of the pie,” he said at the meeting. “We want to send our kids to the best schools in our area.”
The DOE and City Hall had long argued that they were following a routine timetable and noted school overcrowding in southeast Queens.
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