City officials broke ground Tuesday for a new K through 5 school in Ozone Park that is being constructed on the site of a former Catholic school.
The new school, called PS 316, is located at 90-07 101 Ave and will serve 444 students from the Ozone Park community and is currently slated to open in September 2014. It will feature reading and speech resource rooms, a library, guidance room and a medical suite. Two of the 20 classrooms in the school will be dedicated to District 75 students.
This will not be the first time the site has been used for a school. The parish school for St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Catholic parish once stood on the site. The Diocese of Brooklyn sold the site to the city in 2011 in order for a school to be built there. The site was suggested by Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) who grew up on the next block and would play in the plot of land that will soon be a playground.
“This school will be part of the renaissance of Ozone Park,” he said at the groundbreaking.
“We are thankful to Councilman Ulrich for suggesting the site,” said Lorraine Grillo, president and CEO of the School Construction Authority, which is managing the project. “This school will serve to help ease overcrowding here and it will be a beautiful addition to this community.”
St. Stanislaus merged with nearby Nativity BVM School in 2008 to form Divine Mercy Catholic Academy. St. Stanislaus’ school building sat vacant for two years before the diocese sold it to the city. It was razed last year along with a convent that stood adjacent to the school.
PS 316 seeks to ease the ongoing overcrowding problem in District 27 and ease the pressure on nearby schools like PS 63 and PS 64.
Across the street from the school, SCA will also construct a new playground on what was St. Stanislaus’ parking lot. The park will feature slides, swings and a jogging track.
The entire project, including the school and the playground, carries a $38.3 million price tag and though the project officially broke ground Tuesday, construction began in August, 2012.