2010-09-03 / School News

NYC Opens 26 New Schools

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel I. Klein have announced the opening of 26 new school locations, adding more than 17,000 new seats for the 2010-11 school year. The new buildings, annexes and leased spaces represent the most new classroom seats to come on line in one year since the School Construction Authority (SCA) was created in 1988 – putting the Department of Education on track to add nearly 100,000 new school seats across the City by 2013. The 80,000 new seats already created since 2003 are reducing pockets of overcrowding and ensuring that students have the opportunity to learn in modern facilities fully equipped to prepare them for success.

“Today we are reaffirming our commitment to the future of our City’s schools,” said Bloomberg. “Modernizing our schools is a part of the bold education reforms that have helped turn around the public school system here in New York City. Thanks to strong support from the State and City Council, we are in the midst of the largest school construction effort in New York City history.”

“We’ve already seen historic levels of new school construction under the Bloomberg Administration, and this year is no different,” said Klein. “These new stateof the-art school facilities will provide New York City students outstanding educational environments for years to come. I want to thank all of the dedicated staff at the School Construction Authority, as well as our partners in City and State government for providing the resources we need to keep building great new schools for our children.”

The School Construction Authority manages new school construction and renovation of the City’s existing school buildings. Construc tion of these nearly 17,000 new seats was largely funded through the $13.1 billion school capital plan of 2005-09. Funded equally by the City and State, it’s been the largest school construction effort in New York history, and has enabled the SCA to renovate 86 percent of public school buildings throughout the five boroughs. Since 2002, the City has:
· Reduced pockets of overcrowding
in every borough
· Reduced the price per square foot
for construction by the equivalent
of 28 percent (adjusted for
inflation)
· Implemented aggressive “green”
building standards to ensure our
new school buildings are environmentally
sound
· Conducted renovations in more
than 86 percent of our school
buildings
· Funded the construction of 280
science labs

Some of the 26 new locations will be new homes for existing schools. Others will house schools that are opening for the first time in September 2010.

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