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09-14-2012, 12:40 PM
From DNAinfo.com (http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20120913/corona/is-61-gifted-talented-program-moving-because-of-overcrowding) by Paul DeBenedetto:

The Department of Education is planning to move the gifted and talented program out of a Corona school in order to help alleviate overcrowding angering parents and teachers in the district.

At a presentation Wednesday night in the I.S. 61 auditorium, one of the most overcrowded schools in the city, the DOE detailed its plan for building a new school in 2015 to alleviate some of that crowding, even though that school will be overcrowded as well when it opens.

Principal Joseph J. Lisa said the plan could also eliminate the Gifted and Talented program at the school, which earned a B on its report card last year and an A the year before.

The department's plan calls for creating a new school in phases. In the first phase, students living in a small section of the school zone will attend classes in an annex designed to house between 110 and 135 sixth graders through 2014.

In the second phase, that area will be increased, and a new school will be built, housing between 800 and 825 sixth through eighth graders in 2015.

DOE sources said that the Gifted and Talented program, which takes in students from outside the zone and serves about 90 kids, would also be moved to free up space, with the possibility of returning once the new school is built.

According to the sources, the program will be moved to another school in the district, but it is not clear which one.

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