As local students prepare for their return to the classroom, the borough president is helping them make the grade this new academic year.
On Tuesday, September 4, Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. announced that his office has provided approximately $10 million in new capital funding to public schools across the Bronx.
In 2018, Diaz provided $9,751,000 to 55 public school projects throughout the borough which is nearly 42% of his entire capital budget allocation for FY2019.
The NYC Department of Education confirmed it will support the borough president’s mission.
“We thank Borough President Diaz for his partnership and will continue to work with him to provide Bronx students with high-quality school facilities and resources,” a DOE spokeswoman stated.
Such notable projects include $750,000 to upgrade Lehman High School Educational Campus’ physical fitness facilities; $200,000 to construct an acoustic shell for Harry S. Truman High School Campus’ auditorium; $400 to renovate P.S. 83’s gymnasium; $100,000 to create a Family Welcome Center for Community School District 11; $950 to renovate I.S. 339 and I.S. 313’s play yard and $75,000 to transform a P.S. 17 classroom into a new sensory library.
The borough president has allocated funding to upgrade dozens of Bronx schools’ technological services.
Notable projects include $100,000 for Archimedes Academy for Math, Science and Technology’s computer and active panels; $100,000 for Bronx School of Law and Finance’s wireless computer lab and smart screens; $500,000 for Celia Cruz Bronx High School of Music’s A+ STEM Labs, science carts and printers; $100,000 for DreamYard Preparatory School’s Promethean Interactive Boards; $200,000 for Eagle Academy for Young Men’s Promethean Interactive Boards, computers and carts; $100,000 for ELLIS Preparatory Academy’s A+ STEM Lab; $100,000 for Health Opportunities for computers, printers and smart boards; $100,000 for Metropolitan High School’s smart boards, laptops and carts; $100,000 for P.S. 17’s interactive white boards, desktops and laptops; $100,000 for P.S. 352’s desktops and interactive white boards; $260,000 for P.S. 723 for interactive white boards and classroom lab upgrade; $100,000 for P.S. 20’s computers and smart boards; $340,000 for P.S. 87’s laptop mobile carts, A+ STEM Lab, printers and interactive panels; $100,000 for P.S. 352’s desktops and interactive white boards; $260,000 for P.S. 723’s interactive white boards and classroom lab upgrade; $340,000 for P.S. 87’s laptop mobile carts, A+ STEM Lab, printers and interactive panels; $500,000 for P.S. 160’s Science Lab and Mobile Science Lab; $500,000 for P.S. 212’s computers, carts, interactive white boards and printers; $200,000 for P.S. 277’s Promethean Active Tables and wireless technology and $100,000 for Science School for Exploration and Discovery’s STEM Lab among others.
“As we work to provide our children with a quality education, we must provide them with the resources they need to have the best possible experience within their school buildings,” explained Diaz.
To view a comprehensive list of Diaz’s budget allocation for Bronx public schools, visit bronx