Brooklyn Prospect Charter School to Co-locate in Windsor Terrace High School

The charter school will not return to Sunset Park High School.

The Brooklyn Prospect Charter School has found a new place to call home — Bishop Ford High School in Windsor Terrace.

The the six through 12 grade charter school is thrilled to be leaving Sunset Park High School, a co-location that was vehemently protested by parents and administrators there.

“For months, we looked for a building that was the right size and location and also appropriate for children, and we couldn’t have found a better space to meet all of our needs,” said Brooklyn Prospect Executive Director Daniel Rubenstein in a statement.

The plan marks an end to a , which has had trouble finding suitable temporary space.

The two-year deal allows Brooklyn Prospect to leave Bishop Ford after one year if the charter's brand new school building in Gowanus is finished being built.

That site, on Douglass Street, is currently home to loft buildings, some with tenants still remaining, who are for illegally pushing them out of their homes.

The $500,000 deal was finalized Friday, the Daily News reports, with the charter school taking over 13 classrooms on separate floors at Bishop Ford. Some "minor renovations" will begin today.

The deal was put together by Councilmember Steve Levin, who that has long housed two low-income, city run daycare centers.

“This is a win-win for the community and for our two schools,” said Bishop Ford President Raymond Nash. “We look forward to working with Brooklyn Prospect to provide all of our students with a great education. This is a unique situation and we’d be remiss if we didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to learn from each other.”

Roger hammerstein July 27, 2011 at 02:26 AM
Catholic School is a private school.Tuition is paid to fund the school.
Roger hammerstein July 27, 2011 at 02:30 AM
He is not Illegaly pushing them oput of thet homes.He is legally asking them to leave.And by the way the "tenants" are illegally living in commercial spaces.Time for them to move and make way for a much needed school.We have a shortage of schools in Brooklyn.One tenenat hogging up a 5,000 sf space seems hardly a necessity.Think of the children and education,not some greedy person wanted lifelong tenancy as if it were written in stone.
jill July 27, 2011 at 10:32 PM
I am confused by both of your comments. Seems like the second comment refers to housing. As far I know and I have 2 children who attended Bishop Ford, they are not illegally occupying anything. And as to first comment, I am just confused by it as it does not relate to the article as charter schools are considered public schools and tax payers foot the bill
Roger hammerstein July 27, 2011 at 11:56 PM
I am referring to the people complaining about being asked to leave from their loft spaces to make room for the new school.These were commercial spaces they then occupied full time.Landlord sold property and school is scheduled to be built.As far as the other comment I meant Bishop Ford is a private Catholic school and not funded by tax dollars.Of course public schools are.Hope this clears things up.
Gary July 29, 2011 at 02:41 AM
Charter Schools are public schools. They are just not under DOE control. They get per capita funding from the State at a rate lower than public schools and must raise additional funds on their own. Although DOE has in the past co-located some of them in public schools, that has not been popular with the public schools sharing their space. In a sense tax payers are getting off easy since they are paying less per child than if they went to public school and they don't have to pay for a school building to house the charter school.


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