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A New Beacon High School in Manhattan

Ground breaking took place yesterday on the new Beacon High School in Manhattan. The six-story building – formerly a New York Public Library Annex – will be completely renovated to accommodate more students and feature high-quality classroom resources including wireless internet access, state-of-the-art technology labs, a dark room, a black box theatre, music suite, library and exercise facility. 

An additional seventh floor will be built to provide a regulation-size, 7,500 square foot gymnasium and separate 432-seat auditorium. The new, larger school will accommodate 1,487 students, including Wi-Fi, State-of-the-art Tech Lab and for special education District 75 students. 

The larger Campus will accommodate 1,500 students and include Wi-Fi, state-of-the-art tech lab and a 432-seat auditorium. Set to open Fall 2015.

The New York City School Construction Authority acquired the new Beacon High School site from the New York Public Library. The architecture firm John Ciardullo & Associates is responsible for the design, and the school is expected to open in September 2015

The new school is a part of the Department of Education’s $11.3 billion Capital Plan. This September, the City will open 14 newly constructed or renovated school buildings to add 9,453 more student seats. In the last 10 years, the Bloomberg Administration has created 116,000 total student seats.

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