As part of his capital funding, BP Oddo allocated $80,000 to P.S. 3 and $250,000 to P.S. 52 for air conditioning. He also allocated expense funding to Catholic Charities to fund air conditioning for P.S. 25/South Richmond High School ($6,000) and Tender Care Preschool ($11,000), which are both on the campus of Mount Loretto. This brings the total allocation for air conditioning for FY ’19 to $347,000.
“We’ve experienced some recent heat waves, which have highlighted the importance of having our students learn in a cool, comfortable environment. Air conditioning is especially important for students in special needs programs that operate year-round,” said BP Oddo. “Education is, as it should be, the priority of my administration. Every scientific and social advancement stems from a well-educated citizenry, which is why I dedicated such a large percentage of the taxpayer dollars at my disposal to Staten Island schools. I’m pleased to be able to allocate funding to so many school projects this year.”
“Borough President Oddo has been a champion for students on Staten Island, and we are thankful for his continued support,” said Kevin Moran, Executive Director, Staten Island Field Support Center. “Through collaboration with the Borough Student Advisory Committee, BP Oddo has heard the needs of our schools directly from students and is meeting needs with additional resources.”
“I just want to thank Borough President Oddo and the Department of Education for ensuring that our most special kids have a comfortable place to learn during these hot summer months. It has already been put to great use this year,” said Vincent Ignizio, CEO of Catholic Charities of Staten Island.
"Once again, our Borough President Jim Oddo understands the concerns for children with special needs and has responded," said James McKeon, Principal of P.S. 25/South Richmond High School.
Funding comes at the request of the principals of each school, so all funding goes towards specific projects the school needs or wants.