2017-07-26 / Features

Capital Improvements, School Tech Upgrade Funding Secured


NYS Senator Jose Peralta announced funding he was able to secure in this year’s state budget for several Jackson Heights schools. These allocations will be used for either capital improvements, including the installation of a new air conditioning system in one of the schools, or technological upgrades, such as purchasing smart boards and laptops. Peralta is seen here presenting a check to I.S. 145. NYS Senator Jose Peralta announced funding he was able to secure in this year’s state budget for several Jackson Heights schools. These allocations will be used for either capital improvements, including the installation of a new air conditioning system in one of the schools, or technological upgrades, such as purchasing smart boards and laptops. Peralta is seen here presenting a check to I.S. 145. NYS Senator Jose Peralta announced on July 20 funding he was able to secure in this year’s state budget for several Jackson Heights schools. These allocations will be used for either capital improvements, including the installation of a new air conditioning system in one of the schools, or technological upgrades, such as purchasing SMART boards and laptops.

“Whether it is a capital improvement or purchasing laptops and SMART boards, we must ensure schoolchildren have the necessary tools to succeed, first academically, and then professionally,” Senator Peralta said. “I am glad I helped to secure funding for several of the schools located in Jackson Heights in order to provide much-needed upgrades.”

The funding will be distributed as follows:

 I.S. 145: $300,000 for a new air conditioning system.

 P.S. 69: $100,000 to upgrade the Public Address System.

 P.S. 222: $15,000 for the purchase of laptops/SMART boards.

 I.S. 230: $15,000 for the purchase of laptops/SMART boards.

 Renaissance Charter School: $25,000 Rensizzle Week/Teens for Racial and Ethnic Awakening (TREA).

 P.S. 212: $15,000 for the purchase of laptops and smart boards.

 82nd Street Academics: $75,000 for after-school program for early college preparation.

“We want to thank Senator Peralta for his support of our school and school community. This grant will allow us to replace our very old and malfunctioning public address system. We are excited that this grant will allow us to replace our main PA system with a new unit, including new cards and amplifiers,” said Martha Vazquez, P.S. 69 Principal.

“On behalf of the students, families and staff of The Renaissance Charter School, we want to thank Senator Peralta for his generous support of our Teens for Racial and Ethnic Awakening (TREA) program and other student leadership courses. Senator Peralta recognizes the importance of involving our high school students in real world leadership initiatives,” said Renaissance Charter School Principal Stacey Gauthier. “These programs facilitate important discussions on topics relevant to the world we live in today such as immigration, climate change, sustainability, human rights, LGBT issues, women’s issues, educational equity and others. His support greatly supports our mission to ‘Develop Leaders for the Renaissance of New York.’ We are grateful for his wisdom to always invest in the next generation and to be an educational champion for the students in our state.”

“Through the support and generosity of Senator Peralta our students will finally have this benefit. This will undoubtedly impact our students positively in a variety of ways,” I.S. 145 Principal Ivan Rodriguez said.

“We are surprised and grateful for Senator Peralta’s support of 82nd Street Academics. Any advocacy towards youth achievement in our neighborhood is appreciated. Our students are in a silent crisis – high school graduation rates of 65% and 38% high school graduation for English Language Learners,” Mallory Tompkins, Director of Instruction and Learning at 82nd Street Academics said. “Our students are not slow to learn, they are slow to receive the education all students deserve with normal class sizes. Senator Peralta’s grant will be used in our mission to protect the path to college for students of New York City.”

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