The city Department of Education (DOE) wants to build new schools in downtown Brooklyn.
The DOE’s 2010—2014 capital plan, which outlines upcoming school construction projects, includes the creation of two kindergarten to eighth grade schools in School District 15, which spans Red Hook, Park Slope and Sunset Park.
One school would be in Sunset Park, the other would be in Park Slope. Both would offer 738 seats, Kenrick Ou, director of real estate for the School Construction Authority (SCA), explained at a recent meeting of District 15’s Community Education Council (CEC).
“The need is in the South Slope and the southern end of Sunset Park, which is in desperate need of a new school,” said Jim Devor, first vice president for District 15’s CEC.
Locations have yet to be determined because the DOE and SCA are now completing projects outlined in the current capital plan.
The departments have struggled to find a suitable location to create 1,071 seats, as per the 2005-2009 capital plan. But recently, the city announced the construction of a 590-seat addition for P.S. 133, located at 375 Butler Street. The addition will open in September 2012.
That leaves “481 seats [that] have not yet been identified and are included in the 2010-2014 capital plan,” according to a presentation by the SCA to District 15’s CEC.
Under the current capital plan, the SCA built six science labs, six playgrounds, one gym, and completed 35 building upgrades at schools in District 15. The projects cost $146 million.
Local politicians secured $11 million for school projects, including auditorium upgrades and the creation of new libraries and playgrounds.