New Hungerford School coming to Sunnyside

A new school for students with special needs is expected to be built on Staten Island.

Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina gathered with parents and city officials Wednesday to announce a new state-of-the-art building for the Richard Hungerford School.

It is slated to be built on the Petrides campus in Sunnyside and replace the school's current facility in Clifton, which parents complained has fallen into a state of disrepair.

Janine Romano's 16-year-old daughter Gianna has Cerebral palsy and attends the school.

She said it is crucial for students like her daughter to be able to learn in a new and improved facility.

"They need the therapeutic rooms and the resources that a new school can provide to our children," said Romano.

"They are finally going to have a school that serves their needs, respects who they are, and for the parents who have fought for this so hard. this is a win-win all the way," said Farina.

The new building will have braille signage in every room, wheelchair ramps, and new devices to help hearing-impaired students.

It is scheduled to be ready for the 2021-2022 school year.

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