2017-03-01 / Front Page

Over 500 New Seats Coming To Francis Lewis High School To Relieve Ovecrowding

The New York City School Construction Authority (SCA) announced recently that the agency will begin design on an annex to reduce overcrowding at Francis Lewis High School, in Fresh Meadows. The new, state-of-the-art, fully accessible, air-conditioned building, will include at least 18 new instructional spaces. Other amenities will include a culinary arts room, a science lab, a greenhouse, locker rooms, and a multi-purpose room. According to the 2015-2016 Enrollment, Capacity, and Utilization Report (known as the Blue Book), Francis Lewis High School is operating at 199% utilization, making it the most overcrowded high school in New York City. Instruction will not be interrupted during construction of the annex.

“When you have strong partnerships, you find that creative solutions to tackling long-standing challenges are easier to come by, and this project is a testament to that,” said Lorraine Grillo, President and CEO of the New York City School Construction Authority. “This new annex will provide much-needed relief for the students and staff at Francis Lewis High School and while our search for new capacity to relieve overcrowding in Queens High Schools continues, we are taking a significant step.”

Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth Rose said, “This is a significant step in our commitment to removing TCUs, and we remain dedicated to continuing this work across the city.”

 Council Member Peter Koo said, “Five hundred new seats to replace the aging trailers, a new space for extra-curricular activities and Queens’ first and only rooftop greenhouse will go a long way to helping the students and staff succeed. I am proud that I was able to contribute to funding these needed upgrades, and I would like to thank Principal Marmor and his staff, the Department of Education and the School Construction Authority for making sure Francis Lewis High School remains a benchmark of educational excellence in Queens.”

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said, “Today’s announcement is another big step toward addressing the problem of classroom overcrowding, which has the potential to undermine student achievement. The New York City School Construction Authority deserves to be commended...”

The SCA will open 13 new capacity sites for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, including additions to existing buildings and leases as well as over 1,300 new Universal Pre-Kindergarten seats. 






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