By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Students in six public schools in southern Brooklyn will be seeing technology upgrades in their classrooms, thanks to state Sen. Marty Golden, who secured funding in the state budget for laptop computers, Smart Boards, and other 21st Century educational tools.
“We’re ecstatic,” said Robert Zappulla, principal of PS/IS 229 in Bensonhurst. Zappulla’s school, located at 1400 Benson Ave., is getting Smart Boards and cameras for its classrooms. “It will enable us to move forward with our educational goals,” he told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
The six schools, and the items to be funded are: David Boody Intermediate School, 228 Ave. S (laptop computers for special education classes); P.S./I.S. 229 (Smart Boards and cameras); William McKinley IS, 7301 Fort Hamilton Parkway, (laptop computer cart); PS 186, 7601 19th Ave., (Smart Boards); PS 222, 3301 Quentin Road, (Smart Boards) and PS 247, 7000 21st Ave., (laptop computer cart).
Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) also obtained non-technology funding for two other schools, Dyker Heights IS, 8010 12th Ave., which will be able to wire the air conditioner in the auditorium, and PS 102, 211 72nd St., to renovate its bathrooms.
“There is nothing more important than making sure that our students have the best facilities, and the most up to date technology available, so they can be educated in a top rate environment,” Golden said. “I look forward to working with our schools in the future to continue to support their programs and needs,” he said.