From by Amy Zimmer:
When a crowded and growing school district like the Upper East Side has new classroom space open up, it’s a big deal.

A long and heated debate Wednesday night over the future of P.S. 158, at York Avenue and East 77th Street, proves the point.

Many parents want a middle school to move into P.S 158’s building when P.S. 267 moves out of the shared space and into its permanent home this September.

Parents — who are already fighting over whether the would-be school should be for gifted and talented students — will likely unite against the Department of Education if officials decide to put another elementary school there, or if a charter school is eyeing the space.

Eva Moskowitz is planning to open two new Success Academies in District 2, but a spokeswoman said it was “highly unlikely” either would be on the Upper East Side.

The space at P.S. 158 will not be available for a new school until the fall of 2013, Elizabeth Rose, of the DOE, said during a presentation Wednesday at a Community Education Council District 2 meeting.

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