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Chancellor Walcott and Elected Officials Announce a New Addition to Susan E. Wagner High School on Staten Island


$13 Million Project Will Add State-of-the-art Facilities and 336 New Seats

Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott, Borough President James P. Molinaro, and City Council Member Minority Leader James S. Oddo today announced a new addition to Susan E. Wagner High School on Staten Island. The new addition, estimated to be completed in 2016, will include eight classrooms totaling 336 new seats, a black-box theater, rehearsal space, small concert venue, and a performance space that seats 250 people.

The addition is estimated to cost around $13 million, with contributions of $7.5 million from Borough President Molinaro and $500,000 from Council Minority Leader Oddo. Chancellor Walcott and the elected officials made the announcement at the school and were joined by School Construction Authority (SCA) President and CEO Lorraine Grillo, and Susan E. Wagner High School Principal Gary Giordano.

“This project will provide Susan E. Wagner High School with new seats, a state-of-the-art theater for indoor performances, and additional space for outdoor performances to enhance our students’ education as they prepare for college and careers,” Chancellor Walcott said. “I want to thank Borough President Molinaro and Council Minority Leader Oddo for their support.”

“One of my three priorities when I took office was children.  They are 25% of our population, but 100% of our future,” Borough President Molinaro said. “Today, we are looking at the largest single contribution I have made to any project, a $7.5 million allocation. The pavilion will endure and last for many years, helping children to advance themselves both academically and in the performing arts. Students have improved their grades and their self-esteem through the performing arts program at this school, and I am confident that this is the greatest investment I can make for the future students of Susan Wagner High School. I thank Chancellor Walcott for his extraordinary support, and Councilman James Oddo for his support of this project. I applaud Principal Gary Giordano, Assistant Principal Paul Corn, and theater teacher Diane Zerega for their hard work in creating such a successful program.”

“This is an investment by the taxpayers of New York in the students of Susan Wagner High School,” Council Minority Leader Oddo said. “It will make for a better learning environment and it will help support the talented students who make up the school's acclaimed music and theatre programs. This new pavilion will ultimately be one of the many legacies of the tenure of Borough President Molinaro.”

“We are delighted with the commitment from Borough President Molinaro and Council Majority Leader Oddo,” Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm said.

“We are mindful of sustainability, and we are incorporating the very latest in ‘green’ for the school’s design,” SCA President Grillo said. The building will be two stories with a basement.

“We are thrilled to see plans for a new addition that will benefit our students, staff and the entire community,” Susan E. Wagner High School Principal Gary Giordano said. “I want to thank the Chancellor, the School Construction Authority and Borough President Molinaro and Council Member Oddo for their support of this project. I look forward to the ribbon cutting in 2016.”