Two schools expand for new school year
by Jennifer Khedaroo
Sep 03, 2019 | 1417 views | 0 0 comments | 147 147 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Students at P.S. 144 and P.S. 303 probably noticed the presence of more peers and new buildings as they headed back to school this week. That’s because both schools expanded by hundreds of seats for the new school year.

The schools are located within District 28, one of the most overcrowded school districts in the city, according to the “Planning to Learn” City Council report last year.

The report stated that there were 22,209 students in enrollment in the district, but there was only capacity for 21,216.

P.S. 303, located at 108-55 69th Avenue, received a $66 million addition. The school expanded its seats by 484 seats and is serving both fourth and fifth graders for the first time.

Improvements made to the main building included the creation of two pre-kindergarten classrooms, two kindergarten classrooms, two standard classrooms and a reading/speech resource room.

The air-conditioned addition features 16 standard classrooms, three special education classes, classrooms for the arts and music, science resource room, reading/speech resource room, library and gym in addition to a medical suite, kitchen, parent room, and cafeteria.

And there are 590 new seats after the $52 million expansion at P.S. 144, located at 93-02 69th Avenue. The main building for P.S. 144 added a new classroom, three reading/speech resource rooms, two art classrooms, project room, conference room, and exercise room.

A new buildings will serves students from pre-K through fifth grade. It features 10 standard classrooms, eight kindergarten classrooms, four pre-K classrooms, two special education classrooms, science room and cafeteria.

The new seats are part of the School Construction Authority's (SCA) $1.9 billion effort to add thousands of seats to public schools in the borough by 2020.

Next year, SCA plans to add 2,432 new seats. In 2021, they plan to add another 3,902 seats in the borough.

“We are making progress to address overcrowding in District 28, with over 1,000 new seats available as we start the school year,” said SCA spokesperson Kevin Ortiz. “In addition, we have two other additions in construction at P.S. 196 and P.S. 206 that will bring an additional 642 new seats to the district by 2022.”
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