School district weighs options for East High, parents weigh in

Updated: 03/27/2014 1:00 AM
Created: 03/26/2014 11:08 PM WHEC.com

East High's future is in question and on Wednesday Superintendent Bolgen Vargas met with parents to talk about the options the district has. Some of those options include closing the school, converting it to a charter school or allowing SUNY to provide the education for students there.

Superintendent Vargas says bad attendance is a factor in this issue.

Student Ana Santiago tells us, "If they were to shut it down, change the name, it's my records, everything -- gone. I feel like the six years that I've been here would have been for nothing because it's all destroyed now. It's gone."

Superintendent Vargas says, "East High School has a great legacy. Also there are strong programs in here and also there are 1,700 students in here and the district is not in a position to send those students to other schools because some of those other schools are also struggling. And I'm not so sure taking students from East and moving them to another school is the best option."

The district has until April 30 to make a decision and the new plan needs to be in place by September.

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