New School In Sunnyside
Congressmember Joe Crowley, state Senator Michael Gianaris, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblymember Cathy Nolan, representatives from the School Construction Authority and the Department of Education broke ground on Sunnyside’s new school, P.S. 313.
Scheduled to open in September 2014, P.S. 313 will be located at 45-45 42nd Street. It will be a 75,000 square foot facility with a capacity to serve more than 430 students.
“This brand new school will provide future generations of children from Sunnyside and Woodside with a state of the art facility they could be proud of,” said Van Bramer. “I look forward to working with my colleagues in government, the School Construction Authority and the Department of Education to continue addressing issues with overcrowding by providing additional seats for all families of the 26th District.”
Representatives from Community Education Council 24 (CEC24), as well as Anthony Inzerillo, principal of P.S. 199, also joined the ceremony to celebrate the new school. P.S. 313 will be one of five new schools currently being built within Council District 26. Since taking office, Van Bramer has continued to work with members of CEC 24, parents, and community leaders to address the overcrowding issues at local schools.
The facility will contain a gymatorium, cafeteria, kitchen, administrative and medical suites, 20 classrooms, an art and science classroom and a library. It will also have a rooftop play yard and a separate early childhood play area.
The building features an interior courtyard that forms the roof of a lower level that holds the gymatorium and custodial spaces.
“Today is a great day for the young people in our community who will get their start at P.S. 313. Every child deserves an environment that encourages learning and that’s what will be built here,” said Crowley. “There is no question that school overcrowding is a major concern in Queens and this school, along with the other schools planned for the area, will provide some much-needed relief. I join Councilman Van Bramer in continuing the fight to ensure our education system is topnotch and our students have the resources they need to succeed. An investment in education is a down-payment on our future.”
“I am delighted that there will now be an additional public school available to the Sunnyside community,” said Nolan. “The construction of P.S. 313 will provide additional seats for our young students in the community and will begin to reduce the long standing issue of overcrowding in our District 24 schools.”
“Today’s school groundbreaking in Sunnyside is a great way to start the year as we continue to search for ways to alleviate overcrowding in Western Queens schools,” said Gianaris. “A brand new, state of the art school, P.S. 313 will provide our students with much-needed classroom space and an array of amenities that will instill in our children an excitement to learn.”
“We are delighted to build a school that will provide much-needed space in Sunnyside to serve students in pre-kindergarten through the fifth grade,” School Construction Authority President and Chief Executive Officer Lorraine Grillo said.