On the first day of the new school year, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. announced that his office is providing more than $20 million in capital funds to 87 education projects all over the borough, as part of his FY 2018 capital funding allocations.

Projects funded this year include numerous classroom upgrades, the creation of new media centers, library renovations, technology upgrades, playgrounds, auditorium renovations and other physical plant improvements in public schools across The Bronx.

“I am proud to have funded so many important school projects in every corner of our borough. As I have said many times before, a quality education is the foundation that elevates all of us as society and as a community,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “Funding like this is critical to our borough’s continued growth.”

School projects funded by Borough President Diaz this year include $400,000 for the restoration and modernization of the library at the Bronx High School for Law & Community Service; $600,000 for technology upgrades for the entire school at I.S. 339; $50,000 for new computers and carts at New School for Leadership and Journalism, as well as dozens of technology upgrades at schools across the borough.

In addition, $1,200,000 has been allocated to the Taft Educational Campus for renovations and improvements to the school’s athletic field, which will be converted into a multi-purpose sports field. The borough president has also allocated $4,632,000 towards the complete renovation of several school auditoriums. This includes renovations such as seat replacement, new lighting, sound systems and curtains.

Since taking office in 2009, Borough President Diaz has provided $60,226,000 in capital funding to 388 school projects, nearly a quarter of his office’s total capital allocations during the time period.

“Helping to improve our schools is one more step forward towards providing better education in The Bronx. At the same time, this critical funding helps keep our educational institutions vibrant, and our students, teachers and parents inspired, and is an important component as we continue push to improve the lives of our 1.4 million residents,” said Borough President Diaz.

This year, Borough President Diaz’s office has provided $58,718,000 in total capital dollars across 146 projects. Since coming to office in 2009, Borough President Diaz has provided $248,646,000 in total capital funding to 725 projects.

A complete list of Borough President Diaz’s capital allocations towards education in FY 2018 can be found at http://on.nyc.gov/2j5boO6.