CORONA — A plan to bring new smart boards to a local elementary school will receive the bulk of $1 million in participatory budgeting funds, a program Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras' district participated in for the first time this year.
More than 1,100 residents voted and 300 projects were submitted, with the most votes going to a $186,000 plan to bring 31 smart boards to classrooms at P.S. 307, the Pioneer Academy.
Police cameras on 102nd Street and 52nd Avenue will also be funded, along with upgraded lighting along Roosevelt Avenue from 82nd to 90th streets.
More trees and green space will be added in LeFrak City along 57th Avenue, while the remainder of the funds will be spent on improving lighting in Junction Playground.
Ferreras said she brought the participatory budgeting process to her district "to give constituents the power to create solutions in our community."
"Our community came out strong with many great ideas to improve public safety, public spaces and education," she said.
"In addition, this process has affirmed what the priorities are in my district, and I will continue to use this information to guide my work moving forward."