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CM V M o a co o o CM BY ELIZABETH LAZAROWITZ DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER THE CITY has scrapped a controversial plan to centralize kindergarten admissions, Department of Education officials said yesterday. Parents will be allowed to sign kindergartners up at local schools for the 2009-10 school year instead of sending applications to one central office. The reversal follows this year's unpopular effort to centralize prekindergarten applications. "This experiment was total HS staffers get $8.3M for raising test scores THE CITY will hand out $8.3 million in bonuses to 2,400 high school teachers, principals and other staff for boosting their students' test scores. Of the nearly 40 high schools in the pilot program which some teachers complain promotes unnecessary competition among educators 85 earned schoolwide bonuses totaling $6.5 million. Each teachers union member at the schools will get up to $3,000 for meeting student performance goals. Separately, principals and assistant principals at 58 high schools will get up to $25,000 each for scoring in the top 20 of schools citywide, and those at another 28 schools will get $7,000 each for hitting schoolwide targets. "Our students have made tremendous progress in their reading ability, and we've been more successful in preventing dropout," said Lisa Fu-entes, principal at Christopher Columbus High School in the Bronx. The school got a "C" grade this year, but will get $450,000 plus administrator bonuses for meeting its performance goals. Earlier in the fall, elementary and middle school educators got $19.7 million in merit pay from the city. When the pilot program began, 86 of the 240 invited to participate opted in. School staff voted on whether to join, and then a team of teachers and ad-' ministrators decided how the money would be split. So far, at least 70 of the 201 schools invited into this year's schoolwide program have signed on. , , , Elizabeth Lazarowitz Forget centralization, city returns to pandemonium, and something had to be done," said Brooklyn Councilman David Yassky. "Yassky said one mom in his district saw one of her twins get into a prekindergarten program while the other was denied. "These changes will add equity to the kindergarten admissions process and make it easier for parents to navigate," said DOE spokesman Andrew Jacob. Pre-K admissions will still be centralized so the department Get a shot and get to work, lieutenant, you know the drill! rh IT v 1 i Nl i V y" , X X " ".".'.'-, i.. m I - j ii .ii ' i L FDNY LL Matt Ehlberg gets "vaccine" on upper West Side as Fire Department runs sixth annual drill simulating a requires the urgent vaccination of every firefighter and EMS member. Photo by Anthony DelMundo Hardhat badly hurt in BY JOE GOULD, WIL CRUZ and BRIAN KATES DAILY NEWS WRITERS A CONSTRUCTION worker was seriously injured yesterday when he fell at least 40 feet at the problem-plagued Bank of America tower across from Bryant Park. The worker, identified only as a 43-year-old man, was installing a wall panel with two other workers on a scaffold when a plank apparently broke, officials said. Fellow hardhats said he was not wearing a safety harness. can track demand by neighborhood, Jacob said. "I'm so excited," said Celeste Peterka, 43, whose daughter Ysa-bel will head to kindergarten next fall. "We would have had to go through this all over again." This spring, the Brooklyn mom was caught off-guard when her 4-year-old daughter was initially rejected from a pre-K program at Public School 10 in Park Slope the school that her son Lucas, 7, was already attending. An ambulance rushed the victim from the 54-story, glass-clad building at Sixth Ave. and 42nd St. to St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan. His condition could not be immediately determined, but witnesses said he was conscious and complaining that he could not feel his legs. The other two workers were not seriously injured, officials said. He was employed by Regional Scaffolding, a Bronx-based company. Regional did not return calls in-school sign-ups Ysabel got in only after the principal made extra room. In the past, having a sibling at a school meant a child was practically a shoo-in for acceptance. "Just throwing names into a computer in Pennsylvania doesn't work for kids," Peterka said. "It's the educators in the communities that need to be making the decisions." There will be some changes to the application process, with schools now required to accept 40-ft. fall for comment, but workers at the scene said the victim was a foreman. The city Buildings Department issued a partial stop-work order for the use of the work platform at the 1 Bryant Park building and cited Regional Scaffolding and Tish-man Construction for violations, spokeswoman Kate Lindquist said. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the accident, regional director Richard Mendelson said. The agency cited Regional for im applications according to a uniform timetable. Schools will take admissions in a specific order, with kids in each school's zone getting first preference. Children with a sibling at the school will be .next in line, with preference given to kids who live out of the school zone, but within the school's district. Future kindergartners will also have to apply to the school of their choice early next year, even if they're already attending pre-K there. eazarowtznyda7ynetvs.com bk hazard outbreak in the city that in midtown proper installation of equipment at the building in May. At least eight workers have been injured at the building in the past two years, and several pedestrians have been hit by construction debris from the building. In August 2007, a 1,500-pound glass panel fell from the 51st floor, showering the area with shards of glass and injuring two people. On Oct. 17, 2007, a construction crane bucket fell 53 stories from the top of the skyscraper, injuring four workers and four pedestrians. b((atesnydaynews.com

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