Wednesday, December 22, 2010
At last week's P.T.O. meeting, Andrea from Out2Play presented the organization's design for the new schoolyard:
Looking counterclockwise, from bottom left, the design includes 70 feet of new playground equipment (the white rectangle); painted blacktop games, trees, and chess tables; a track and 3 tennis courts; play equipment accessible to those with physical disabilities, including a basketball "drop shot"; an enhanced handball court; and a basketball court. A copy of the design with complete labeling is visible in the school lobby, beside the auditorium.
Andrea remarked that our schoolyard has more available space than most other schools, which allowed for an expansive design. The plan first took shape on October 26th, when a meeting was held with school leaders and community members. From that meeting, Out2Play created 3 design proposals. At a later meeting, these 3 designs were edited into the final proposed plan for the school yard.
The playground area will include new benches. The surface of the playground will be painted various colors; Out2Play estimates that the paint will last 10 to 12 years. Out2Play expects this construction phase of the project to take six to eight weeks. However, it cannot start until the reconstruction of the surface and drainage systems is completed. -Kirby Pulver
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
- Budget cuts over several years has led to staff cuts.
- The school needs a librarian for our new library.
- Arts programs still need to be funded.
- Every grade needs to upgrade its classroom technology.
- The P.T.O.'s new status as a non-profit carries a few new costs.
- P.S. 9's neighborhood, school leaders, and high parent involvement give it a good chance to become one of Brooklyn's standout schools.