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Hempstead school board OKs changes to 4 schools

Roger Tilles of Great Neck, Long Island's representative

Roger Tilles of Great Neck, Long Island's representative to the state Board of Regents. (Oct. 25, 2011) Credit: Howard Schnapp

The Hempstead school district’s board of education at a special meeting April 25 voted, 5-0, to modify grade configurations for four district schools.

The proposal requires state approval.

The board voted to open up the newly-refurbished Prospect School to house kindergartners, turn Marshall School into preschool only, and make the Early Childhood Center and Jackson Main and Jackson Annex schools for students in grades 1-5.

The moves would go into effect in September and are intended to alleviate overcrowding, officials said.

“Many school districts are doing that for economic and demographic reasons,” said Roger Tilles, Long Island’s representative on the state Board of Regents. “The Regents actually have to approve the shift.”

The vote followed by one day the board’s 3-2 decision to approve a plan to dissolve the high school academy system it adopted three years ago and return to one large high school. The plan calls for dissolving the three college preparatory academies — each with students now in grades 9-11 — and the Senior Academy, with 12th-graders, and consolidating all four grades under the name Hempstead High School.

That move also awaits state approval.

The board also voted, 4-1, to enter into an agreement with Iconsultics Inc. to complete the master schedule for the 2013-2014 school year. The contract calls for payment of $100 an hour for a maximum of 150 hours. The lone dissenting vote was cast by trustee Shelley Brazley.

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