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City Decides Against Co-Location At SI's IS 2

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A plan to bring a new school to Staten Island's I.S. 2 gets the ax, and many are welcoming the decision.

Department of Education officials say they no longer plan to turn the building into two schools after reviewing input from the community.

Hundreds opposed the plan at a hearing last week and a rally last month.

The DOE now says more resources will be allocated to the school, including funding for materials and reading programs.

Officials also say that staff will receive ongoing training and students will receive more individualized attention.

"I'm just glad that they decided not to do this, because it would have been a big mistake and lots of confusion," said one person.

"I'm happy because they're not going to cancel the art program and the chorus and the band," said another.

"The school is already enough for what we have," said a third.

DOE officials said the support will begin this year and is expected to continue for the next several years.

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