WOODSIDE — A crowded Queens middle school that's relied for years on the use of temporary classrooms to house its students will be getting a 600-seat addition in the next two years, the Department of Education said.
The addition for Woodside's I.S. 125 is scheduled to open in September 2017, with the goal of eliminating the use of the school's existing trailer classrooms and mini-buildings, a DOE spokeswoman said.
News of the project was first reported by the Sunnyside Post.
State Sen. Michael Gianaris, who recently toured the facilities at 46-02 47th Ave., says the school has long suffered from "abysmal" overcrowding issues.
"This is a problem that has been going on for more than a decade," he said.
I.S. 125 has 1,480 students enrolled, according to the DOE. Gianaris said the school is zoned to receive students from elementary schools in both Districts 24 and 30, and also houses grades 5 to 8 while many other middle schools serve only grades 6 to 8.
In addition to its main building, the school makes use of temporary trailer classrooms, as well as a prefabricated mini-building that was supposed to be temporary but has been used for more than 20 years, Gianaris said.
He added that it was raining on the day of his visit, when he saw students who had to shuffle back and forth from their temporary classrooms to the main building in the bad weather.
"It's an awful way for them to have to get to school," he said.