TODAY, January 17th, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer and School Construction Authority President Lorraine Grillo joined DOE District 30 Superintendent Dr. Philip Composto, P.S. 384Q Principal Christine Britton, the Gantry Parent Association, civic leaders, and local parents and students from P.S. 384 and P.S. /I.S. 78 to break ground on the construction of a new school building for P.S. 384 at Hunters Point South Parcel F in Long Island City.
“Over the last decade, Long Island City has experienced a building and baby boom, and our community desperately needs more schools to keep up with growth. I am excited for the construction of P.S. 384 at Parcel F in Hunters Point South and proud to have helped secure the funding for what will be a state of the art elementary school. This is a great victory for our community, but also just the start. We must continue fighting to build more new schools in LIC and to make existing schools even better for our students,” said Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer.
The new building for P.S. 384 will be a fully air-conditioned, accessible, four-story school for students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. The 612 seat school will have four pre-kindergarten classrooms, four kindergarten classrooms, twenty standard classrooms and two district special education classrooms.
"This planned, brand new-state-of-the-art school building will provide our students with a beautiful and modern learning environment to grow and thrive in” said Lorraine Grillo, President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York City School Construction Authority. “We are proud of our strong partnership with local leaders that has enabled us to continue to provide new school seats across District 30.”
“P.S. 384 is a welcomed and much needed addition to the growing community of Long Island City. I applaud Council Member Van Bramer and the New York City of Education for leading this charge, and I am delighted that Long Island City is getting a badly needed elementary school,” said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.
"As Long Island City continues to grow, it is imperative that we create neighborhood schools that are worthy of the children who will attend them," said Queens Borough President Melinda Katz. "With the construction of the state-of-the-art PS 375, we are doing exactly that. This is a victory for Long Island City and the growing families who call it home."
"One of our greatest needs is more school seats for our kids and today’s announcement is good news on that front," said Senate Deputy Leader Michael Gianaris. "I will keep fighting until all parents are assured their children will have the proper learning environment.”
“The groundbreaking of a new school in Long Island City is a step in the right direction for our community” said Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan. “As more families continue to call Long Island City home, we need more classroom seats for our community. I would like to thank Mayor de Blasio and School Construction Authority President Lorraine Grillo for their work on this issue and I look forward to additional announcements like this in the future.”
The school will also provide two reading rooms, one speech resource room, an art classroom, a science resource room, and a music suite. Additionally, there will be a library, a full kitchen and student cafeteria, a staff lunch room, a teacher’s workroom, a parent room, and administrative, guidance, and medical suites. Recreational spaces will include a gymatorium, an exercise room, an early childhood playground, and a playground for upper grade students.