2017-03-22 / Features

Peralta, SCA Unveil New Design For School Trailer Replacement

Construction of a permanent addition to PS 143 in Corona, to alleviate chronic school overcrowding, was unveiled by state Senator Jose Peralta and the School Construction Authority. Construction of a permanent addition to PS 143 in Corona, to alleviate chronic school overcrowding, was unveiled by state Senator Jose Peralta and the School Construction Authority. Years after proposing the construction of a permanent addition to PS 143 in Corona to alleviate chronic school overcrowding, state Senator Jose Peralta and the School Construction Authority, unveiled on March 16th the design of the new building to more than 100 parents in the school’s auditorium. The new structure will replace the current decades-old classroom trailers located in the surrounding area. It will be constructed on land owned by the city Parks Department.

“Like I said many times, no child – no child should be educated in a trailer, and I hope once this project is completed, overcrowding at PS 143 will just be a chapter of its history,” said Senator Peralta, who two years ago stood on school grounds with parents demanding the construction of this permanent addition. “Almost 1,000 new seats to replace the mini-building and the rundown trailers will help our students learn in the environment they deserve. It will give them a better opportunity to succeed.”

“This brand new, state-of-the-art addition builds on our continued collaboration with local leaders to address overcrowding in School District 24,” said Lorraine Grillo, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York City School Construction Authority. “We are thrilled to construct a beautiful and modern learning environment for the PS 143 students to grow and thrive in and look forward to bringing these 980 new seats to Corona as fast as possible.”

“Parks is happy that we were able to work with the School Construction Authority to design a solution that allows the school to expand, while also improving the recreational amenities in Louis Armstrong Park. I’d like to thank Senator Peralta for his dedication to the mental and physical wellbeing of this community,” said Queens Borough Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski.

The new state-of-the art building will have a capacity for 980 students, new science laboratories, art and music rooms, and a large cafeteria. It is slated to open in September of 2020, and will be five stories high, Peralta explained.

With the new building, the six school trailers that accommodate almost 200 first graders and the mini-building will be removed.

“This is a victory for schoolkids, and I want to thank the parents, PS 143 and the community for their tireless efforts to bring about this project,” said Peralta. “I want to thank the School Construction Authority, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Department of Education for partnering and working together to make this a reality. Our schoolchildren need this. Our schoolchildren deserve it.”

“PS 143 was built to accommodate about 900 students. It enrolls about 1,800, with students sitting in six run-down trailers, a mini-building and an annex on 98th Street. “These so-called temporary classroom units, or trailers, have been here for decades. And just yesterday, students in these trailers faced frigid temperatures, making it difficult for them to learn,” Peralta concluded.

“We are very happy with this news about the construction of the new addition, and this wouldn’t have happened without the help from Senator Peralta. He pushed for this project since the beginning,” said Angélica Salgado, President of the Parent- Teacher Association at PS 143.

Senator Peralta first proposed the idea of building a permanent annex to PS 143 in March 2013 to then-Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott.

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