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Schools Chancellor Walcott and Local Officials Break Ground On a New Addition at PS 176 in Queens


New Construction will Accommodate Nearly 370 Additional Students when Complete in 2016

School Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott today broke ground on a new addition to PS 176 in the Cambria Heights section of Queens. The project will allow the school – known for its strong parent engagement, academic programming and support for English language learners and students with disabilities – to accommodate about 370 more students once complete in 2016. The school offers the local district’s gifted and talented program and provides a performing arts and music program with a school chorus as well as an active student government and a popular basketball program. Chancellor Walcott was joined at PS 176 by Assembly Member Barbara M. Clark, City Council Member Leroy Comrie, State Senator Malcolm A. Smith and PS 176 Principal Arlene Bartlett.

“This project is the latest investment we are making to our school facilities so that we can accommodate our students and help them succeed,” said Chancellor Walcott. “I want to thank Assembly Member Clark for her advocacy and the school community for their support.”

“Today’s announcement to build an extension for PS 176 has been a battle I’ve waged for several years,” Assembly Member Barbara M. Clark said. “The real benefactors are the teachers and students.  I want to give my personal thanks to Chancellor Walcott who made it his priority to visit and understand how desperately this addition was needed.  Also I want to thank SCA President Lorraine Grillo and her staff for their consistent follow-through in ensuring that this happened.”

“The SCA is working at a remarkable pace to develop the new addition for PS 176 and we look forward to its completion in 2016,” said Kathleen Grimm, Deputy Chancellor of Operations.

“We are glad to be able to create an addition for this school and are working on the scoping and design,” SCA President and CEO Lorraine Grillo said.

The addition is part of the Department of Education's $11.3 billion Capital Plan. This month, the Department of Education opened 14 newly constructed school buildings, additions, and leases bringing the total number of new seats created to 116,000 under the Bloomberg Administration. The total amount of seats created in the last 10 years is more than the total of seats in many school districts across the nation.

“This is a great day for our students and those who want to attend PS 176, a popular school in this district,” PS 176 Principal Arlene Bartlett said. “I want to thank the Chancellor, the SCA and the elected officials for helping to make the addition a reality and a bright future for our school.”

“I am pleased that finally after many years of lobbying by parents, the community, and especially Assembly Member Barbara Clark, we will finally realize the expansion of PS 176,” said Council Member Leroy Comrie. “Our community has expressed the desire to have a local school that can meet their high expectations within walking distance of their homes and this expansion will help meet those desires. I want to thank Chancellor Walcott, Deputy Chancellor Grimm and the SCA for their work on this expansion, and I look forward to continuing to work together to improve our schools throughout Queens.”

“It is essential that we put our children's education first,” State Sen. Malcolm A. Smith said. “I applaud Mayor Bloomberg, Chancellor Walcott and the Department of Education for their vision and leadership in expanding P.S. 176. The future of our City and State is dependent upon the success of our children. Expansions such as this will enable students to better compete in a global market. ”

“Today’s announcement is an investment in the future that will reap a rich harvest,” said Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall. “I thank Schools Chancellor Walcott, a dedicated public servant, and the Bloomberg Administration for their vision and commitment to our students and their needs.”