Sunday, January 6, 2013
Where to put the kids?
From DNA Info:
The city will build an annex to relieve overcrowding at a Queens school that's housed hundreds of students in classroom trailers for more than a decade, officials announced Friday.
The new addition will be constructed at P.S. 11, at 54-25 Skillman Avenue in Woodside, where staff and local elected officials have fought for years to get permanent space to replace the cramped and outdated temporary classroom units hulking in the schoolyard for the last 12 years.
About 220 kindergarten and first grade students at P.S. 11 currently use the school's portables, where they shuffle back and forth to the main building throughout the day, even in bad weather, according to principal Anna Efkarpides.
The school is so cramped that teachers have had to send students to study in hallways, and art and music supplies are shuttled from room to room in a cart, Efkarpides said. Preliminary plans for the new annex include the possibility of a designated music classroom, a science lab and an exercise space, she added.
The new addition will likely be built in the footprint of the trailer classrooms in the schoolyard, and will hold approximately 350 students, according to School Construction Authority President Lorraine Grillo. She said the agency has selected OMNI Architects to design the building, a process that will take about a year, with construction to start some time after that.
The city has yet to determine where the students currently taught in the trailers will go once construction starts.