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Chancellor Walcott and Local Officials Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at P.S. 133 in Brooklyn


The New Building, Constructed on the Site of the Old School, Opens in September

Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott and local officials today held a ribbon cutting ceremony at P.S. 133 in Park Slope, Brooklyn. The new, state-of-the-art building opens in September to serve 935 students in grades pre-kindergarten through five. The school is sited at its original location, 610 Baltic Street, and even incorporates the former building’s facade as part of its auditorium. The new P.S. 133 is fully air-conditioned and accessible for students with disabilities, and provides 39 standard and 6 special education classrooms. In addition, there are science labs and prep rooms, a kitchen, cafeteria, auditorium, library, gymnasium, medical suite, guidance offices, parent community rooms, and administrative offices. The outdoor area includes a playground with volleyball and basketball courts and an early-childcare playground.

Chancellor Walcott was joined at the event by Deputy Chancellor of Operations Kathleen Grimm, School Construction Authority CEO and President Lorraine Grillo, City Council Members Stephen Levin and Brad Lander, District 75 Superintendent Gary Hecht, P.S. 133 Principal Heather Foster-Mann, School District 13 Superintendent Barbara Freeman and Family District Advocate for District 15 Selena Williams. The $66 million contract award for the new building went to Arnell Construction Company and SBLM Architects. The P.S. 133 building is one of 19 newly constructed capital projects completed by the School Construction Authority (SCA) this year.

“The new construction offers the very best for our children to be prepared for the older grades and for college or a career once they graduate from high school,” said Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott said. “P.S. 133 students and staff will benefit from the state-of-the-art school building’s science labs, prep rooms, library, and large outdoor area for physical activities. This new building will benefit the entire community and is a testament to the capital work we have accomplished over the past decade.”

“Families in northern Park Slope have long contended with schools that are filled to capacity, with P.S. 133 on 4th Avenue being a prime example,” Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said. “That’s why I applaud, along with Chancellor Dennis Walcott and P.S. 133 Principal Heather Foster-Mann, the opening of this brand new facility on the site of the old school. This state-of-the-art new construction will provide quality classrooms and labs that triple the space available for the area’s expanding student population. Anything we can do to meet the needs of current and future elementary students—especially those children who are eligible for free or reduced lunch or for whom English is a second language—is a no-brainer, so kudos to Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Education for doing their homework and giving our kids the room to bloom and the seeds to succeed!”

“This new school has the most up-to-date amenities for a well-rounded education, including climate control, classrooms that take advantage of natural sunlight, an auditorium, gym and science labs.
We are thrilled to provide this to the community,” Deputy Chancellor of Operations Kathleen Grimm said.

“The School Construction Authority is proud to open this building for the school community which includes a reminder of the old school building this site,” SCA President Lorraine Grillo said. “We preserved a section of the façade as part of the auditorium surrounded by 21st century construction.”

“All children deserve to be educated in an environment that will further foster a warm, and inviting learning experience,” said P.S. 133 Principal Heather Foster-Mann. “We are delighted to be able to continue the great work of our students and staff in a beautiful new building and in comfortable surroundings where the old school building was located. This is a great new building for our students and staff.”

“I want thank the School Construction Authority and the Department of Education for the obvious efforts they put in to making the building not only attractive, but a state of the art educational facility,” Assemblywoman Joan Millman said. “Every child who walks into PS 133 will know that this is a place where students and their education are valued.”

“I am elated to be part of the opening of the new PS 133. The new building will provide our children with a safe, healthy place to learn and will restore the much-loved school garden,” Council Member Stephen Levin said. “I want to thank Chancellor Walcott and the Department of Education for making this investment in public education, as well as Principal Heather Foster-Mann, the parents, and all of the neighbors who were great partners in the task force that worked through issues during the construction of the new school.”

“PS 133, in its new building, has become more than just a school, it has become a symbol of the value of diversity in New York City,” Council Member Brad Lander said. “DOE has implemented a well-thought-out diversity model that is being closely watched by equal access experts and advocates throughout the City and country. Thank you to District 13 Chair David Goldsmith, District 15 Chair Jim Devor, and Council Member Steve Levin for the leadership that helped make this exciting, new PS 133 a reality.”

From 2003 through 2013, the Department of Education, which oversees the SCA, constructed 164 new buildings, including additions, leases and new construction. In all, more than 126,000 new seats have been created.