New P.S. 133 Not Opening Until September 2013


A reader let us know that at a meeting last night with Butler and Baltic Street residents, the School Construction Authority said the anticipated opening of the new P.S. 133 on 4th Avenue and Butler has been pushed back from September 2012 to September 2013. Hope Reichbach, the communications director for Councilman Stephen Levin’s office, confirms that the city is saying it won’t be done with construction until early 2013 because of weather delays, and therefore the school won’t be able to open until September 2013. Meanwhile, Reichbach wrote in an email that St. Thomas Aquinas—which currently houses P.S. 133 students—will extend their lease to the school for the 2012-2013 school year. The reader who tipped us off about this also had the following to say: “Before, the SCA had always claimed that the Archdiocese wasn’t willing to discuss anything but a 3 year lease of space. The city must have put literally millions into the renovation there (it was worked on literally 24/7 for about 6 months in order to prep for the 133 kids) – but they have continually flat out refused to give the dollar amount spent on the work.” School overcrowding has been in the news of late as many parents have found their children wait-listed for zoned elementary schools, and one question all of this raises is whether St. Thomas Aquinas might remain a DOE facility after P.S. 133 moves to its new location.
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