BY YVETTE BROWN
PS 143, the Louis Armstrong Elementary School in North Corona, will be getting a permanent annex to alleviate the overcrowding problem.
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) proposed the construction of the permanent annex more than two years ago because PS 143, located at 34-74 113th St., was built to accommodate 900 students and it currently has twice that amount.
“This is a huge victory for parents because in just a few years from now, our students, finally, will no longer have to go to class and sit in a classroom trailer,” said Peralta. “Right now, students in trailers have to face frigid temperatures, and snow or rain when they go to their lunch period, or just to use the bathroom. This is unacceptable.”
The City Department of Education and the School Construction Authority are working together to build the new annex. Peralta announced the construction of the new annex to PS 143 during the Parent-Teacher Association meeting that was held on Jan. 15.
“I am glad the City has agreed to build a permanent addition here. It appears construction is slated to start after the end of the next school year, 2016-17. No child should be learning in a trailer, and my efforts will not stop until every student has a seat in a classroom,” said Peralta. “We must ensure that our students are educated in a decent environment and not in run-down trailers like it has happened in the past two or three decades.”
Under his proposal, the addition would accommodate students from the mini building, the six temporary classroom unit trailers and the annex at 98th Street.
The DOE is currently reviewing the proposals for an annex to PS 143 that will replace the trailers currently in use, service the needs of the community and provide additional space for students to have a supportive learning environment.
A spokesperson for Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-East Elmhurst) said that for years Ferreras-Copeland has advocated to have schools built in Corona, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights and currently there are several new schools and expansions in the pipeline. District 24 is one of the most severely overcrowded areas in New York City.
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