Legislators and city officials broke ground on PS 287 in Corona last week, and they said the elementary school will help to relieve an area often referred to as the epicenter of overcrowded classrooms in the city.
“As a former Beacon School director at PS 19, which is not only the most crowded school in my district, but also one of the most overcrowded in the city and in the country, I know first-hand how overcrowding affects a school and the education students receive,” said Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst). “This new school is the first of four in the district and a major step in the right direction toward remedying a serious education deficit in Queens.”
PS 287, which will open with 420 seats in 2013 at 110-08 Northern Blvd., is the first of four schools elected officials, including Ferreras, have advocated for in school District 24. PS 311 is expected to open in Corona in 2015 and PS 315, also in Corona, is slated to open in 2014.
City officials are now negotiating on a site for a fourth school in East Elmhurst, according to Ferreras’ office.
“This community desperately needs this school, and this community desperately needs this school to be the first of many,” state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) said of PS 287.
School Construction Authority President Lorraine Grillo added the new Corona school will include “a number of energy saving systems” such as light sensors and computerized heating.