PS 207, one of the last schools to remain closed after Hurricane Sandy, will reopen in January after Christmas break, according to a Facebook post from state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach). A spokesperson for the city Department of Education confirmed reopening is anticipated for Jan. 2.
The Howard Beach school was closed after Sandy’s storm surge flooded the basement, filling it with seawater and 32,000 gallons of household heating oil, which took weeks to pump out.
While other schools, such as PS 146, also in Howard Beach, and PS 47 in Broad Channel, were able to reopen after a few weeks when power came back on in the neighborhoods, PS 207 has remained closed and students sent to other schools, some as far away as Long Island City.
Mayor Bloomberg and other city officials held a press conference at the school Nov. 12 to announce $500 million in emergency funding to repair schools and other infrastructure damaged in Hurricane Sandy. At the press conference, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott met with parents outside the school and said the DOE was aiming to reopen the school by January.