Hendrick Hudson School officials reverse course, have no plans to discuss Princeton Plan tonight

Superintendent Joseph Hochreiter says the topic was not officially placed on the agenda for this week.

News 12 Staff

Feb 15, 2023, 11:49 AM

Updated 465 days ago

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A Westchester school board is expected to address how students are placed at schools within the district at a meeting tonight.
Hendrick Hudson School officials reverse course, have no plans to discuss Princeton Plan tonight
Superintendent Joseph Hochreiter says the topic was not officially placed on the agenda for this week.
The superintendent of the Hendrick Hudson School District says officials will not be discussing the controversial Princeton Plan during tonight's Board of Education meeting.
Superintendent Joseph Hochreiter tells News 12 that a letter is being sent to the school community. While not saying much about the contents of the letter, he added that this topic was not officially placed on the agenda for this week.
This comes after a school board meeting earlier this month when they said they would address the matter at the next one.
Officials say that if and when the board is prepared to discuss it, it will be on the agenda that is posted every Friday before board meetings. If parents would still like to share their thoughts on the plan, they can send an email or talk during public comments.
The plan puts students in schools throughout the district based on grade and not ZIP code. It's a system that angered many parents, especially those who have multiple kids or have to travel long distances.
The school board had said the move helps financially following the loss of revenue from the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant closure, as well as addresses inequities between schools.
Some parents who spoke to News 12 say they are in support the plan. "I'm in favor of the Princeton Plan because I think it offers a lot of emotional, social and educational opportunities for the kids," says Michelle Piccolo Hill.
Piccolo Hill is one of the 500-plus parents who signed an online petition in favor of the plan. "So, shifting to the Princeton Plan model has given all the kids the same class size, the same experiences. So now all of their field trips, all of the kids in the same grade go to the same place. All of the kids in the same grade have the same opportunities. They have the same educational speakers. I think you need to give it more than four months to see what even needs to be solved. So that you can solve it."


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