Last week, Councilman Barry Grodenchik announced that the Alley Pond School extension will bring 440 seats, new classrooms and suites and even an elevator, which will make the facility accessible.
“This project alleviates overcrowding at PS 46 so that the school can continue to provide a premier educational experience to students,” Grodenchik said. “With additional space, the school will surely reach new heights of excellence.”
The work begins with the installation of a temporary protective fence around the playground perimeter, as well as tree protection in the playground and a temporary ramp on 219th Street.
The entire $50 million project is expected to be finished in time for the start of the 2023 school year.
According to Lorraine Grillo, president of the School Construction Authority (SCA), the PS 46 addition is part of the plan to add more than 2,500 new seats to reduce overcrowding in District 26.
“By nearly doubling the enrollment of Alley Pond elementary school, this project will provide additional opportunities for students within our community,” State Senator Toby Ann Stavisky said. “It is imperative that we make sure our young people have access to a quality learning environment with up-to-date facilities.”
Amenities include reading and speech resource rooms, an art classroom, music classroom, science resource room, guidance suite, medical suite, parent and community room, kitchen and student dining area and staff lunch and conference room.
“Any opportunity for our schools to add new seats and provide students with the space they need to learn and grow is one to celebrate,” Assemblywoman Nily Rozic said in a statement.