And how you can help

Dear Harbor Community,

As you are all aware, NYHS is experiencing some growing pains brought on by our continued success.

Our Freshman families can tell you about 39 to a class without chairs or desks to accommodate the overcrowded classrooms. Our divers can tell you what it takes to get to the pool several times a week to continue developing their skills. Our students will tell too; about traveling to the Bushwick pool Saturday mornings to their lessons, and how swimming proficiency is a basic requirement for the lucrative jobs in Maritime professions.  We have 60 students in a gym class with no gym. We have no facilities for public meetings and student presentations.

Yet we continue to grow.

What we need to continue our mission for an expanding student population:

Classroom space that can adequately fit each student into a desk.

An indoor pool, on the island, where students won’t need to travel hours to swim.

An auditorium for school meetings, events, and symposiums featuring student research.

A gymnasium where students can exercise during the winter months.

We are asking the community at large to help us by reaching out to the DOE and other public officials and have provided links below. Please consider taking a few minutes to contact these officials with your personal story.

A few suggested talking points:

• Under a strong principal, the Harbor School’s enrollment has been steadily increasing

• We are overcrowded, with students sitting on radiators because they lack desk space in classrooms, and 60 students in physical education classes, with no gymnasium.

• We are a maritime school based on an island with no aquatic training center as part of our facilities. As a Career Technical Education (CTE) school, each technical track requires students that know how to swim in order to work in their field. Swimming should a Physical Education requirement for each Freshman that comes to the Harbor School.

• A Harbor Middle school was recently approved and the SCA has found a suitable building in Red Hook, Brooklyn. With the current overcrowding;  where would the Middle School students sit when they transition to Harbor?

Thanks for your help!

NYHS PTA Executive Board