Hempstead SD vows to improve after poor performance in statewide ranking

Hempstead High School was ranked among the bottom 5 percent of schools across New York.

Hempstead High School was ranked among the bottom 5 percent of schools across New York. (8/23/13)

HEMPSTEAD - Officials with the Hempstead Union Free School District outlined a plan Friday to improve the future of their education system.

The proposal comes after Hempstead High School was ranked among the bottom 5 percent of schools statewide. Reginald Stroughn retired as school principal back in 2009, but has returned to help. He has hired most of his original colleagues back as administrators and says he wants to make sure each student has a set schedule on the first day of classes.

Stroughn says he also plans on adding more science, reading and math programs, as well as night school. The former principal adds that he wants an individualized, four-year plan for each incoming freshman.

The state is expected to monitor the improvements in October.
 

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