Last month, the DOE’s Division of Portfolio Planning held a public meeting to discuss with parents what kind of school they would like to see, Zarin-Rosenfeld said. The division also handed out a survey to the parents, asking them what type of additional programs should be offered at the school — such as college prep, foreign language or advanced placement classes; if they preferred students to wear uniforms; what school-based programs at other districts have been most beneficial; and what organizations should the new school partner with.
Although the survey was originally handed out at the meeting, Zarin-Rosenfeld said the DOE has put the survey on its website for more respondents. So far, the DOE has received 400 surveys. The department will continue collecting them until the fall and will hold a meeting, yet to be determined, about the survey results, Zarin-Rosenfeld said.