Politicians: Jamaica High School’s being neglected

Posted on January 7, 2011


Politicians charge that Jamaica High School’s being neglected, vow to fight closure

BY Clare Trapasso

Wednesday, January 5th 2011, 4:00 AM

Jamaica High School, the once-venerable neighborhood institution, has become a neglected stepchild in its own home, community leaders charged Tuesday.

Several specialized schools that were moved into the Gothic Drive building to eventually replace Jamaica High as the lone tenant are less crowded and better equipped, said state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who vowed to fight the city’s proposal to phase out Jamaica after touring its building Saturday with local leaders.

They met with the principals of the four schools – including Jamaica High – that now occupy the building and compared class sizes and resources.

“It was an eyeopener,” said Avella, who was joined on the tour by City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) and Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills).

“Jamaica High School students are now second-class citizens,” Avella said.

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