To boost the academic and creative performance of North Shore students, Council Member Debi Rose allocated nearly $1 million in technology upgrades to 10 North Shore schools in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget.
“My focus this budget year has been on our young people, and that includes everything from restoring summer employment and summer camps on a citywide level to ensuring that our North Shore schools have the tools they need for success,” said Council Member Debi Rose. “After months of remote learning with disparate impacts for many students, equipping our classrooms with added technology is more important than ever.”
The funding includes a computer lab renovation at PS 44, a media/library learning center renovation at PS 13, and classroom technology upgrades, such as laptops, printers and smart boards, to eight additional schools.
“Every year, I allocate a significant portion of my capital discretionary funds to our schools, and even though this has been a budget like none we have seen in our tenures, I am proud to have been able to make these allocations of taxpayer money to North Shore classrooms,” said Council Member Rose. “Though the coming academic year will be different from previous years, I want to ensure that when students do return to the classroom, they will have the tools for success that will prepare them for higher education and the careers of tomorrow.”
The following is a complete list of funding allocations:
PS 861, Staten Island School of Civic Leadership, iPad/technology upgrades, $100,000
PS 65, technology upgrades, $100,000
PS 59, technology upgrades, $100,000
PS 18, technology upgrades, $100,000
PS 13, media/library learning center renovation, $55,250
PS 44, computer lab renovation, $250,000
PS 16, technology upgrades, $90,000
Curtis High School, technology upgrades, $50,000
PS 19, technology upgrades, $50,000
PS 68, technology upgrades, $50,000
These allocations are made based on requests from school principals. Schools that received technology allocations this year will be able to order their upgrades when the school year begins.