Over the past calendar year, the Brooklyn City Schools has continued an ongoing capital improvements initiative dedicated to ensuring the longevity and effective use of existing facilities while maximizing opportunities for students to learn and achieve success. Since being initiated during the 2020-2021 school year, the district has invested approximately $1.7 million into the upgrades and maintenance of district facilities and infrastructure. These targeted capital expenditures, paid with both local and grant funds, are also an extension of the district’s Strategic Plan which specifically seeks to continue to enhance school district infrastructure and operations through a continuous evaluation of district finances.
“The district’s ongoing focus on both academic and facility improvement is a priority over the next 5 years. It is essential that we provide a safe, secure and enriching learning environment for all students, staff and families. Our school community deserves a campus that showcases the talents of all our students. I am truly excited for the future of our school community,” states Superintendent Caleris.
The list of targeted renovations and refurbishments across the entire district campus includes investments in classroom learning spaces. Furniture has been replaced throughout Brooklyn School (PK-7) and Brooklyn High School, while new carpet has been installed in the Brooklyn City Schools Performing Arts Auditorium and various classrooms throughout the high school.
“The new renovations instill a sense of school pride in our students,” states Principal Brian Hare. “It is this same pride that leads to academic success and growth.”
Athletic facilities have also experienced upgrades, most notably at Brooklyn Stadium, which includes the repaving of Hurricane Alley and adjacent parking lots, construction of a new all-purpose pavilion, remodeling of the home concession stand, as well as painting and masonry work. The resurfacing of the athletic track was completed in September and will help to ensure that the facility is kept in optimal condition for students and the greater Brooklyn community to enjoy.
Upgrades to buildings and grounds include roof maintenance and masonry work at Brooklyn High School. The Brooklyn City Schools have also enhanced existing building safety and security with additional security upgrades. Safety improvements in transportation include the purchase of three new school buses and one transit van.
The ongoing facility capital improvements not only provide visible upgrades to the district campus, but also contribute to the Brooklyn City Schools’ mission to “educate, inspire, and foster pride, unity, and respect” in the school community.
“Our PK-7 building now has flexible seating, enabling our teachers and staff to meet multiple student needs during instruction,” shares Brooklyn School Principal Johnny Bollin. “These investments not only help to prepare our students for academic success but instill a sense of ‘Hurricane’ pride throughout our building and district.”
Moving forward, the Brooklyn City Schools will continue to engage with a Master Facility Plan with Architectural Vision Group (AVG), from which the district will be considering future renovation and refurbishment improvements to the campus and surrounding facilities. All future project considerations will align with the district’s new envisioned Strategic Plan. By investing in district infrastructure and operations, the Brooklyn City Schools will positively impact current and future generations of students, and continue a legacy of Tradition, Pride, and Excellence.