2009-09-10 / Top Stories

Two Schools Debut At E. 107th St. Shirley Chisholm Campus

By Neil S. Friedman

(Clockwise from top) Exterior of building between Avenue J and Flatlands Avenue; English teacher Mary Capobianco settles in her new classroom; gymnasium doubles as auditorium; schools' principals Patrick McGillicuddy and Ingrid Thomas-Clark and rooftop playground looking east towards Starrett City. (Clockwise from top) Exterior of building between Avenue J and Flatlands Avenue; English teacher Mary Capobianco settles in her new classroom; gymnasium doubles as auditorium; schools' principals Patrick McGillicuddy and Ingrid Thomas-Clark and rooftop playground looking east towards Starrett City. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein last Thursday announced that 23 new school buildings with more than 13,000 seats will open at the start of the 2009-10 school year. This new construction represents the most-ever new classroom seats to come on line in a two-year period since the School Construction Authority (SCA) was created in 1988. The new buildings were funded through the $13.1 billion plan that is the largest school construction effort in the city's history.

In School District 18, which includes nearly two dozen elementary schools in Canarsie and East Flatbush, the Shirley Chisholm Campus with a 504-seat capacity, at 963 East 107th Street, opened to students for the first time yesterday. The Campus includes the Science and Medicine Middle School (IS 366) on the first and second floors and the East Brooklyn Community High School, a transfer high school that occupies the third and fourth floors.

Photos by Neil S. Friedman Photos by Neil S. Friedman Opening day enrollment for the middle school's sixth grade was 108, according to Principal Ingrid Thomas- Clark. Full enrollment is expected to reach 324 once students move on to the seventh and eighth grades. The transfer high school welcomed about 150 students yesterday and is expected to reach a capacity of 200 in the near future, according to Interim Acting Principal Patrick McGillicuddy.

In a tour of the $34.4 million, handicapped accessible facility on Tuesday with SCA Project Support Manager Steve Gonzalez, the Canarsie Courier got an exclusive preview of what greeted students yesterday morning, including a full service kitchen and cafeteria, a well-stocked library, a gymnasium that doubles as auditorium and a rooftop playground with a magnificent vista of Canarsie and the surrounding areas.

In addition to the new schools in District 18 opening this school year are eight others in Brooklyn including 700 seats in District 19 and 650 seats in District 20, five in the Bronx, two in Manhattan, eight in Queens and one in Staten Island.

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