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Chancellor Walcott and Local Officials Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at P.S. 59 on Staten Island


Fully Renovated Building Houses New Pre-kindergarten to Fifth Grade School

Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott and local officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony today at P.S. 59, The Harbor View School, at 300 Richmond Terrace in the St. George area of Staten Island. The leased facility, formerly called the St. Peter’s High School for Girls, opened September 9 after extensive renovations. Currently serving students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten, the new school will expand to include grades pre-kindergarten through five by adding one grade level each year, serving 372 students. The facility features 20 classrooms, a special education and resource room, a room for both science and art, and a separate music room. It also includes a gymnasium, auditorium, library and cafeteria, as well as an early childhood play area.

Chancellor Walcott was joined at the event by Deputy Chancellor of Operations Kathleen Grimm, Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro, State Sen. Diane Savino, District 31 Superintendent Jessica Jenkins and P.S. 59 Principal Carol Mongiello. The $11.3 million contract award for the new building went to Volmar Construction, Inc. and was designed by SBLM Architects, PC.

“Hundreds of young Staten Island students will now benefit from a new school with excellent resources,” said Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott. “The spacious classrooms, the new gym and library of The Harbor View School, as well as partnerships with community groups, will help encourage dynamic learning, ensuring that more of our students are college and career ready.”

“Staten Island’s population is growing, and a new school for the North Shore is great news,” Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro said. “This school’s hands-on approach to the arts will enrich the learning experience for all students who enroll here. I commend our local arts organizations, including Sundog Theatre and the Noble Collection, for partnering with the school and taking an active role in our children’s education.”

“There is no more satisfying time in a councilmember's term than the occasion of opening a new school in the district,” said Councilwoman Debi Rose. “P.S. 59, The Harbor View School, promises to be a special place which will provide the foundation that its students will need to prosper and grow. Our children deserve no less. I value the many conversations I had with Principal Carol Mongiello as she prepared this past summer for opening day. It was a privilege to discuss the values that are crucial for a successful school with Carol. I trust that P.S. 59, The Harbor View School, will fulfill that goal.”

“We are delighted to open a new elementary school on Staten Island in this growing community,” Deputy Chancellor of Operations Kathleen Grimm said. “This facility will offer a well-rounded education ultimately serving students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade.”

“The School Construction Authority is proud to offer a building with fully renovated classrooms and a music room to create well-rounded students prepared for middle and high school,” SCA President Lorraine Grillo said.

“We are excited to be in such a richly restored building right in the middle of Staten Island’s historic St. George area. This building and the community have so much to offer to our students and families,” P.S. 59 Principal Carol Mongiello said.

“I am excited that P.S. 59 will offer newly renovated classrooms and space for our elementary age children to learn and grow,” Congressman Michael Grimm said. “Congratulations to Principal Carol Mongiello for a wonderful start of the school year.”

State Senator Diane Savino stated, “I am absolutely thrilled to stand here today with the children of the North Shore and my good friend, a colleague Councilwoman Debi Rose to open this school, P.S. 59. May every child who passes through her doors receive a great education in this beautiful nurturing setting.”

P.S. 59 is one of 19 newly constructed school buildings that opened this year. The DOE, which oversees the SCA, has opened 164 new buildings, additions and leases, creating over 126,000 new seats since 2003.