Students learn more and achieve at higher levels when they go to schools that are safe, in good repair, and not overcrowded.
The Department of Education has made a major commitment to improve school facilities. Between 2002 and 2006, we added 53,781 new seats. The current five year Capital Plan allocates $4.5 billion to build 105 new buildings to increase the school system’s capacity by 63,000 seats, $3.7 billion to restructure schools in a manner that is aligned with educational priorities, and $5.3 billion in necessary building upgrades. It is the largest school Capital Plan in the City’s history and totals $13.1 billion.
The School Construction Authority (SCA) builds new public schools and manages the upgrades and renovations of large capital construction projects. The SCA also conducts the Building Condition and Assessment Survey and the Building Capacity and Utilization Report. Go to the SCA section for information about the DOE Five-Year Capital Plan, as well as enrollment projections and capacity and utilization reports for school facilities. The SCA protocal for environmental due diligence of schools considered for lease renewals is available for review.