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Source: DNAinfo
Subject: Education Justice
Type: Media Coverage

Trailers Used as Classrooms to be Removed at Queens School After Decades

A group of decades-old trailers at P.S. 19 will be removed within the next year to make way for construction that would add hundreds of new classroom seats to the school.

Five of the six trailers at the school on Roosevelt Avenue and 98th Street were installed in 1994, and one has been used since 1987 — and parents, teachers and students have complained for years of the conditions inside, including inconsistent heat and air conditioning.

Some 500 of the school’s nearly 2,000 students took classes there.

The Corona school’s extension is part of a citywide plan to add thousands of seats to the school system in the coming years.

Borough President Melinda Katz, who announced the removal of trailers in her State of the Borough address, said the trailers were just “Band-Aids” that never created a permanent solution.

“Our families and kids deserve better resources,” she said.

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