With the new school year set to begin, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced today that his office has provided nearly $10 million in new capital funding to public schools in every corner of the borough.
“Our public schools are the lifeblood of our communities, and I am proud to support their growth through my capital budget each year,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “As we work to provide our children with a quality education, we must provide them with the resources they need to have the best possible experience within their school buildings. This funding is critical to that mission.”
This year, Borough President Diaz provided $9,751,000 to 55 public school projects across The Bronx. This represents almost 42 percent of his entire capital budget allocation for FY2019, and is by far the highest amount given to any single group of projects.
Notable projects in this year’s allocation include $750,000 to upgrade the physical fitness facilities at the Lehman High School Educational Campus in Westchester Square, $200,000 to build an acoustic shell for the auditorium at the Harry S. Truman High School Campus in Co-op City, $100,000 to help build a “Family Welcome Center” for Community School District #11 and $75,000 to convert a classroom into a new “sensory library” at P.S. 17x in Mott Haven.
This year, Borough President Diaz also allocated funding to help upgrade technology offerings in dozens of Bronx schools. The complete list of Borough President Diaz’s budget allocation for public schools can be viewed at https://on.nyc.gov/2LK63o5.
“As we prepare our students for college and the workforce, it is incumbent on elected leaders to ensure they have the best opportunities possible within their school walls,” said Borough President Diaz. “This funding helps us do just that, and my office will continue to work with educators and parents to provide necessary resources for our borough’s children.”
Since taking office in 2009, Borough President Diaz has provided $69,997,000 in capital funding to 443 school projects, nearly a quarter of his office’s total capital allocations during the time period.
This year, Borough President Diaz’s office has provided $23,250,000 in total capital dollars across 81 projects. Since coming to office in 2009, Borough President Diaz has provided $271,896,000 in total capital funding to 806 projects.