Superintendent Pamela C. Brown, along with Principal Robert Clemens, Assistant Principal Denise Cobbs, and the Buffalo Board of Education, held a ribbon-cutting and flag-raising ceremony on Monday at newly reconstructed School #81 on Tacoma Avenue.
As part of Phase IV of the five-phase, $1.4 billion Joint Schools Reconstruction project, PS #81 received a 24,000 square foot addition with amenities that include a new science laboratory, clinic, and home and careers room. All classrooms are now outfitted with interactive smart boards. A new elevator, ramps and wheelchair lift make the entire building accessible to individuals in wheelchairs.
Additionally, many of the classrooms and the library were refurbished, and a third-floor balcony was restored to its original use. The overall reconstruction includes many more windows and restored transoms over classroom doors, making the school bigger and brighter.
Originally constructed in 1922, School #81 holds 730 students from Pre-K to 8th-grade. It is designated as a School in Good Standing by the New York State Department of Education.