Hempstead parents ask for fix to school overcrowding
Parents and education activists attended Wednesday's school board meeting in Hempstead, asking for solutions to the district's overcrowding problem.
Educational activists called on neighboring districts like Uniondale and Malverne to open their doors for additional students. School Board President Lamont Johnson claims other districts have turned away students, while Hempstead has not turned away any, including undocumented children who crossed the border illegally. Johnson reiterated he did not want anyone to use the unaccompanied children as a scapegoat for Hempstead's overcrowding problem.
Superintendent Susan Johnson says additional staffing, including bilingual ESL staff, has been brought into the district to help accommodate the influx of students. The school board has appointed at least 15 new staff members for the school year.
The superintendent says the board has a plan to reduce the number of students at Hempstead High School and will discuss it by the end of the week.