Councilman Paul Vallone announced the allocation of approximately $3.2 million in city funding for northeast Queens public schools in districts 25 and 26 on Monday. He was joined by a number of school officials to make the announcement.
“This is my third year committing 60 percent of my capital budget to public schools,” Vallone said in front of PS 169 and MS 294 in Bayside.
Vallone was able to secure $2.5 million in the budget for the area’s school and was given additional support in the amount of $670,000 from Borough President Melinda Katz.
That brings the total of funding received by public schools to over $6 million in the first two years of Vallone’s tenure.
“With this year’s allocations, I am renewing my commitment to our children and ensuring that we can provide them with the best possible opportunities to learn, grow and play,” said Vallone. “With additional support from our borough president, once again every school within my district will receive at least $50,000, with many schools receiving additional capital funding for critical upgrades.”
Allocations for the upcoming year include:
• $200,000 for library upgrades to JHS 194;
• $400,000 for auditorium upgrades at PS 32; and
• $200,000 each for auditorium upgrades at PS 29 and PS 94.
In addition, another $890,000 will go to fund the winning projects of the participatory budget voting. Those projects are:
• $400,000 for a music studio at Bayside High School;
• $400,000 for auditorium upgrades at PS 169/MS 294; and
• $90,000 for technology upgrades at PS159.
School officials in attendance praised Vallone for committing the funding to schools.
“Without [Councilman Vallone] we wouldn't do all the amazing things we’re doing in our schools,” Danielle DiMango, District 26 superintendent, said.
PS 169 Principal Vanessa Rosa also expressed her gratitude.
“As schools who not only share space, but also share a common belief in the importance of performing arts for our children, we are excited that this auditorium upgrade will provide our students with a space to showcase their many talents,”she said.