Sunday, November 20, 2016
School trailers will stay for now
From the Queens Chronicle:
The School Construction Authority has no immediate plans to remove 70 of the trailers being used as portable classrooms on school grounds across the borough, agency officials told Borough Board members Monday.
“We go at them as we can find solutions,” said Michael Mirisola, director of external affairs at the SCA.
The agency went over its amended 2015-19 capital plan with board members, detailing the plans to build and renovate schools in Queens district by district, but it was the part about the trailers — known as transportable classroom units — that most interested the community board chairpersons and a few City Council members who showed up to the meeting.
The capital plan, as it stands, has $450 million allocated for the removal of the units, but before they can be taken away, a plan must be developed to seat the children in them back in their school or an addition built onto it.
Right now, there are 17 Queens schools with such a plan, though some details still need to be hammered out.