Faculty concerned over possible student influx at Bensonhurst school

BENSONHURST - Administrators at a Bensonhurst school worry plans to close a neighboring facility will cause an influx of students they can?t handle.

Faculty, staff and students at New Utrecht High School say their building and resources are already stretched. They believe adding more students would cause the school to bust at the seams. New Utrecht officials say they are especially worried because they say they?ve received little instruction from the Department of Education (DOE).

The DOE plans to close Bensonhurst?s Lafayette High School, Samuel J. Tilden High School in East Flatbush and South Shore High School in Canarsie. The DOE says poor academics and violence at the schools factored into the decision. The schools are no longer allowed to enroll freshmen.

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