The City of Yonkers and Yonkers Public Schools held a Topping Off Ceremony celebrating the last beam being set in place on the new Justice Sonia Sotomayor Community School (JSSCS), with Mayor Mike Spano, Yonkers School Superintendent Edwin M. Quezada, and Board of Education President Rev. Steve Lopez among those attending.
The JSSCS will be the first new school in the City of Yonkers in over 20 years and is designed with many sustainable features including no carbon-based fuel use for heating and cooling, photovoltaic panels, and green roofs. The new 95,000sf community school will house grades Pre-K through 8th grade and include spaces for art science, special projects, dual language curriculum, and computer science. The school will be a community facility with the physical education wing and a community health clinic designed to function as a stand-alone community resource after school and on the weekends.
“This school will become the heart of this neighborhood and will be accessible not only for educational enrichment but also be the benefit of all the people that live here and everyone in Yonkers,” Spano said. “We are even more fortunate for the opportunity to dedicate this school in recognition for the positive change Justice Sotomayor represents to our district and our students.”