SCA Rep Says Local Schools Allocated $34 Million
A senior manager for project support with the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA), who was the guest speaker at this week's Community District Education Council 18 meeting, discussed his organization's plans for the next five years at P.S. 135.
Frederick Maley said the SCA's five-year $13 billion capital plan will be distributed to over 1,400 public schools in the city, and was set in motion January 1.
He said the plan includes a new school on East 107th Street, off Flatlands Avenue, that is scheduled to start construction next month and to be designated as I.S. 366. The school is scheduled to open in September 2009.
"All the new schools will be green," Maley said, "meaning they will be environmentally sensitive and cheaper to operate by saving energy and fuel costs. We also want to reduce class size in these new generation schools."
The SCA representative added that there is a three-part strategy for these new schools: restructuring, re-investing and capital improvement projects. Ten District 18 schools have been allotted $34.3 million for improvements, according to Maley.
The schools earmarked for the funds, according to the city's Department of Education Web site are: I.S. 68, I.S. 211, I.S. 232, I.S. 252, I.S. 285, P.S. 135, P.S. 208, P.S. 235, P.S. 268 and P.S. 276.
Penny Grinage, principal of P.S. 135 said all the new plans sound wonderful, but her school is still in need of more restrooms, a new kitchen, and a new drainage system in the yard, a gymnasium and handicap accessibility. She also said that a new addition is needed in order to bring back the children from a temporary facility now being used.
"There is no money right now to build an addition for the school," said Councilwoman Darlene Mealey. "We need to get the funding and we need to march for education."
One parent said that the green schools sound like a good plan, but additional classroom seats should be more of a priority at P.S. 135. "We are rich in culture and we need our kids to get a rich education."
Mealey said that parents who send their children to P.S. 135 must keep insisting on improvements, using the analogy, "The squeaky wheel gets the oil."