Education / Politics
This is an updated version of a story first published on the Hunts Point Express website on April 8th. The city’s Department of Education will close Banana Kelly High School at the end of the current school semester, reinterview faculty for their jobs, hire new teachers to replace those it [...]
Some 50 students, teachers and union representatives faced off against an official from the city’s Department of Education in the cafeteria of Banana Kelly High School on April 4th, to argue the education department should scrap its proposal to close the school and reopen it with a new name.
By Kimberly Devi Milner The Point CDC kicked off its second year in the national literacy initiative, The Big Read, on March 2nd, with Julia Alvarez discussing her acclaimed 2004 novel, “In the Time of the Butterflies,” via Skype.
Education / News
In a letter tinged with sadness and bitterness, the embattled principal of Banana Kelly High School has resigned. Joshua Laub, who headed the school for 12 years, blamed city policies for the declining fortunes of the school, where graduation rates have been falling while enrollment climbed. Saying the Department of [...]
Education / Health
To help keep kids in class, one Longwood school has opened a doctor’s office on campus. Students without health insurance can be plagued by a number of factors that result in their absence from school, and often in trips to the emergency room. Physical ailments, family problems, mental health issues, [...]
Booing city officials, residents defended the principal of the largest high school in the Hunts Point/Longwood community and denounced Department of Education plans for a major makeover of Banana Kelly High School at a forum on the school’s future. Branded a failure by the education department, Banana Kelly must be [...]
Education / Jobs / Politics
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has proposed laying off city school teachers in dramatic numbers to compensate for budget shortfalls. In Hunts Point and Longwood, Banana Kelly High School would stand to lose five of its 27 teachers to the Mayor’s buzzsaw, while the high school with which it shares a building [...]
Crime / News
A dozen kids from Banana Kelly High School have decided that being depressed about the violence in their neighborhoods was pointless. Instead, the students from the Longwood school are drawing attention to the problem by staging public events through a national anti-violence organization called United Playaz, in an effort to [...]
Art / News
The future of the Bridges Juvenile Center on Spofford Ave will be the topic of discussion at a Town Hall forum at MS 424 Friday, July 30, pending a permit from the school. Hunts Point residents and others interested in the outcome of the detention center better known as Spofford [...]