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City Council Approves New School For Far Rock

City Council Approves New School For Far Rock

Relief Of Overcrowded Classrooms On East End

By John C. McLoughlin

New York City Council Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public Sites and Maritime Uses unanimously approved the construction of a new school for Far Rockaway this week. P.S. 253, to be located at 1295 Central avenue, will be a 704-seat elementary school.

The proposed school will be a 67,000 square foot building on the site of the former Far Rockaway Jewish Center. There will be a 2,400 square foot early childhood playground and a 13,000 square foot play yard. The estimated cost of construction, including demolition, is $24 million. This cost does not include the purchase of the property.

As of present, most schools in Far Rockaway are overcrowded. P.S. 104 at 2601 Mott avenue has a 743-seat capacity, but has 839 students enrolled; P.S. 197 at 825 Hicksville road has a 835-seat capacity with 975 students enrolled; and P.S. 215 at 535 Briar place has a 701-seat capacity with 837 students enrolled.

At the Community Board 14 hearing in December on the new school, School District 27 Superintendent Matthew Bromme said, "We want to reduce class sizes and improve instruction...and create an environment that makes student’s competitive."

At that time, the community board unanimously supported the school.

Bidding on the project is expected in September 2001, with anticipated completion and occupancy by September 2003.

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