29 Sep Airo Security Reports: 2020-2021 academic year: 2 new school sites, 4 new 3-K…
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) on Tuesday announced it opened 11 new schools/additions and leases, as well as 10 3-K centers for the 2020-2021 school year — including 882 school seats at two schools and four 3-K centers on Staten Island.
The 11 new schools, additions, and leases will bring more than 5,500 much-needed seats to overcrowded districts, and will enable the city Department of Education (DOE) to enhance social distancing. The 10 3-K centers will add 1,440 new seats for the youngest students.
On Staten Island, the two new schools are I.S./HS 89 in Great Kills and the newly leased PS 25 Annex at the former St. Rita School in Meiers Corners.
Both were built to expand seating for District 75 schools, which educate students who are on the autism spectrum, have cognitive delays, are severely emotionally challenged, sensory impaired or multiply disabled.
The four new 3-K Centers include: 255 seats at 375 Tompkins Ave. in Rosebank; 150 seats at 2040 Forest Ave. in Graniteville; 90 seats at 2389 Richmond Ave. in New Springville; and 75 seats at 1275 Woodrow Rd. in Woodrow.
Each location opened on schedule, despite being temporarily forced to pause due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“These new locations exemplify our deep-rooted commitment to provide our 1.1 million students with the best and safest learning environments,” said Lorraine Grillo, president and CEO of the SCA. “These projects will open on time, despite facing the extraordinary challenge of being paused for weeks and then accelerated to completion while maintaining our rigorous safety and new social distancing protocols.”
I.S./HS 89 in Great Kills was built on the grounds of PS 37, and provides 192 school seats.
Students were welcomed into the new three-floor, air-conditioned, and fully accessible standalone school building for the first time on Monday, Sept. 21.
The school has four intermediate classrooms and 12 high school classrooms, a medical suite, three resource rooms, a physical therapy room, an occupational therapy room, and about a dozen ADA-accessible bathrooms. There is also a supervisory office, an administrative suite, a staff lunchroom, a student cafeteria, a multi-purpose room, and a warming pantry.
It was designed by LHP Architects, PLLC. Construction began in April 2018 after a $36.7 million contract was awarded to Delric Construction Co. Inc.
The PS 25 Annex is a one-story air-conditioned leased facility that provides 120 seats to students in elementary and middle school grades. The facility includes 10 classrooms, a medical office, a staff lunchroom and two supervisory offices. The site has a multi-purpose room as well as a gymatorium.
It was designed by Gannett Fleming Engineers and Architects P.C. An $800,000 contract was awarded, and construction was performed by TDX Construction Corp.
Since 2014, the SCA has created 51,540 new seats in fulfillment of the mayor’s commitment to reduce overcrowding and increase diversity, including 10,973 seats as part of the mayor’s Pre-K and 3-K for All initiatives.
“At a time when our kids needed these seats more than ever, the SCA was able to deliver despite this year’s unprecedented circumstances,” said Grillo. “I would like to thank Mayor [Bill] de Blasio and all of the elected officials and other stakeholders for their support of our Capital Plan, which has allowed us to provide these new seats to meet the needs of our City’s children.”