Volume 78 - Number 45 / April 15 -21, 2009
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Tweed unlikely for Village students; 75 kindergartners are still in limbo

By Julie Shapiro

The Department of Education is not likely to place kindergarten students from overcrowded Greenwich Village schools in Tweed Courthouse on Chambers St. next fall.

John White, chief of operations with D.O.E., floated the idea three weeks ago of placing extra kindergarten students from P.S. 3 and P.S. 41 in Tweed. But Tweed will already hold 150 Lower Manhattan kindergartners next fall in an incubator for the two new schools opening up Downtown, and it was unclear how the Village students would fit into the space.

Last week, Will Havemann, a D.O.E. spokesperson, said that Tweed is not an option now for the Village overflow.

“There will almost definitely not be space at Tweed,” Havemann said.

Havemann said D.O.E. would not decide until September which school or schools will take on the extra students from the Village. About 75 Village students currently do not have a kindergarten seat.

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