Feb. 21, 2020 By Allie Griffin
P.S. 174 William Sidney Mount will get more than 400 additional seats added to its student body by 2024, helping to relieve an over-crowded school district.
The Rego Park elementary school, located at 65-10 Dieterle Crescent, will get a 432-seat addition, the mayor announced at a town hall meeting in Forest Hills Wednesday night.
The addition should open in September 2024 — “without any unforeseen site conditions or other hurdles,” a spokesperson for the City’s School Construction Authority (SCA) said.
The addition will add classrooms, specialty spaces and a new kitchen and cafeteria, according to SCA.
Two classroom trailers will be demolished later this year to make space for the addition.
The project is at the very early stage, so the design and an exact timeline are not yet available, the spokesperson added.
P.S. 174 was over-crowded in the 2018-2019 school year — at 128 percent capacity, according to a SCA report. The school has about 530 seats, but 681 students enrolled.
The addition would mean the elementary school could serve nearly a thousand students — it will have a total of 962 seats.
With hundreds of seats currently under construction at P.S. 196 and P.S. 206, thousands of additional student spots are on their way to the historically over-crowded School District 28.