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DOE plans to re-site Corona schools


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

THE COURIER/Angy Altamirano

The Department of Education (DOE) has proposed a plan to temporarily move a grade from an overcrowded Corona school to a new campus slated to open in September.

If the plan is approved, some students at P.S. 330, located at 110-08 Northern Blvd., would be shifted to Q315, which is currently under construction at 43-18 97th Pl. for the 2015-2016 school year.

Students from two other schools have already been approved to be moved to the same location for the coming school year. In November, the Panel for Educational Policy approved a proposal to re-site P.S. 110 to building Q315, where it will be co-located with a new site of existing District 75 school P.S. 227.

If the DOE’s proposal is approved, students from P.S. 330, P.S. 110 and P.S. 227 would be co-located at the Q315 building, meaning that they may share common spaces such as auditoriums, gyms, libraries and cafeterias in that building.

In February, it was determined that P.S. 330 could not accommodate kindergarten students in its building for the 2015-2016 school year. The re-siting and co-location of P.S. 330’s kindergarten class is necessary to enroll kindergarten students at P.S. 330, DOE claims. This will provide a sufficient number of kindergarten seats in District 24, a historically overcrowded district, according to the DOE.

P.S. 110 currently has students in kindergarten through second grade at their building at 48-25 37th St. and will move to building Q315 before the 2015-2016 school year. With the move to Q315, P.S. 110 is planning on phasing in to serving students from kindergarten to grade five.

P.S. 110 is an existing non-zoned elementary school that serves students who are overflowed from their zoned schools in Corona and Elmhurst. In May, the District 24 Community Education Council approved a plan to create an elementary school zone for Q315. P.S. 110 will operate as a zoned elementary school starting in September 2015.

P.S. 330 is a zoned elementary school that serves students from kindergarten to fourth grade, and plans to phase in to cater to fifth-graders as well for the 2015-2016 school year.

According to the School Construction Authority, building Q315 will have a 1,110-student capacity and includes a designed space for a District 75 school. With this proposal, P.S. 110 is projected to serve 350 to 390 kindergarten through third-grade students, and P.S. is set to serve approximately 50 to 60 kindergarten students in Q315.

Opportunities for the public to speak on the subject will include two joint public hearings at 110-08 Northern Blvd. and 48-25 37th St. There are dedicated phone and email lines at 212-347-7621 and D24Proposals@schools.nyc.gov.

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New Corona school building to ease overcrowding


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

A new school in Corona is set to ease the burden of overcrowded classrooms in the area.

According to the Department of Education (DOE), P.S. 330, currently located within a building at 86-37 53rd Avenue in Elmhurst, will move into a brand new location at 111-08 Northern Boulevard just in time for the beginning of the school year next week.

“This is a fantastic new building, and we’re confident that P.S. 330 will deliver well for its students there,” said DOE spokesperson Devon Puglia.

P.S. 330 opened at the initial building in 2010 in order to lighten overcrowding in District 24 elementary schools. The school currently serves 220 students in kindergarten and first grade, but is expected to open more than 400 seats once it makes the move.

The new building will continue to alleviate overcrowding in Corona and is also located in an area closer to where 84 percent of the students currently live, the DOE said.

“Over the past 12 years, we’ve created over 125,000 new school seats,” said Puglia. “As we put up brand new, state-of-the-art buildings around the city, we’re meeting the needs of our schools and communities.”

Once P.S. 330, at its new location, completes its expansion and reaches its full capacity in the 2015-2016 school year, it will serve 570 to 630 students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

“Because overcrowding is a serious issue in my district, I could not be happier to have P.S. 330 opening its doors this September,” said Councilmember Julissa Ferreras.

In April, Ferreras established the Educational and Overcrowding Improvement Task Force. The task force was created to help improve the communication between the DOE and parents, as well as ease the overcrowding issues in Community Education Council Districts 24 and 30.

“These efforts, combined with plans for the construction of five additional schools in my district, will undoubtedly improve the overcrowding issues our local schools are currently experiencing,” said Ferreras.

According to the DOE, it will work with the community to figure out the best use for P.S. 330’s original building.

 

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