Staten Island's first fragrance lab, mobile STEM labs among CM Rose's $2.1 million allocatio


Innovative tools will bring a solid mix of creativity and technology to prepare North Shore students for tomorrow’s careers

Staten Island’s first school Fragrance Lab is coming to the North Shore, as are 5 mobile STEM labs and a host of other educational enhancements, part of a $2.1 million package of improvements allocated by Council Member Debi Rose in the city’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget.

The fragrance lab will be at the Ralph McKee Career and Technical Education High School. Similar to a science lab, the new space and equipment will enable teachers and students to conduct lessons and experiments with existing scents to create new perfume fragrances.

Mobile STEM labs, chosen by North Shore residents as part of Participatory Budgeting, will give teachers the tools to deliver interactive lessons that bring together science, technology, engineering and math with hands-on activities and experiments. The STEM carts can be customized with earth science, chemistry, physics, CAD design, 3-D printing and more.

“I’m proud to be bringing a forward-thinking package of technology to our North Shore schools,” said Council Member Rose. “Many of these tools will be new to Staten Island, and my hope is that they bring a solid mix of creativity and technology – exactly what students need to prepare for careers of tomorrow, careers that may not even exist today.”

The funding also includes classroom technology allocations, such as laptops, printers and smart boards, to five additional schools, as well as allocations for success outside the formal classroom. These include an “imagination playground” with stenciled and painted areas, giant foam blocks, mats, wagons, fabric and crates at PS 21; a dance studio renovation at the School for Civic Leadership; and completion of an auditorium upgrade at PS 57.

“Every year, I allocate a significant portion of my capital discretionary funds to our schools, and this year is no exception,” said Council Member Rose. “From security to technology, from a new dance studio to a fragrance lab, this budget includes significant investments in our North Shore schools. All children deserve the tools to succeed in the classroom and beyond, and these improvements to our schools will give them those tools.”

$435,000 of the capital funds were voted on by North Shore residents as part of Council Member Rose’s Participatory Budgeting initiative. Though it was not a winner in the Participatory Budgeting initiative, the Fragrance Lab for McKee High School was an idea generated by local residents who served as Participatory Budgeting volunteers.

The following is a complete list of funding allocations:

  • PS 13, indoor/outdoor security camera installation, $100,000

  • PS 16, STEM mobile labs, $70,000*

  • PS 18, STEM mobile labs, $70,000*

  • PS 20, STEM mobile labs, $70,000*

  • PS 21, imagination playground, $250,000

  • PS 22, STEM mobile labs, disaster preparedness package, $85,000*

  • IS 27, gymnasium refresh (resurfaced gym floor, padding for gym walls, new bleachers), $250,000

  • PS 44, technology upgrades, $150,000

  • PS 65, technology upgrades, $101,000

  • PS 78, STEM mobile labs, $70,000*

  • PS 373, technology upgrades, $100,000

  • Port Richmond High School, STEM mobile labs, $70,000*

  • Concord High School, technology upgrades, $132,000

  • Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical Education High School, fragrance lab, and retrofit of Room 227 into a STEM lab, $400,000

  • PS 721, the Richard Hungerford School, technology upgrades, $100,000

  • PS 861, Staten Island School of Civic Leadership, dance studio renovation, $100,000

  • PS 57, auditorium upgrade (completes funding gap from FY19), $60,000

*Decided by local residents as part of Participatory Budgeting



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