For the second year in a row, the Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design (WHSAD) ranked among the top five high schools in New York City. Credit for this success starts with Principal Gill Cornell and includes his outstanding faculty, dedicated students, involved parents, and local supporters from the business and political worlds. One of these advocates, Councilmember Steve Levin, visited the school on Tuesday, February 28th, to see how WHSAD used grant money that he helped secure, to stay on top of the rankings.
Two years ago, Levin brought Resolution “A” (Reso “A”) to the attention of the school. Through Reso “A,” individual grants are allocated to schools by the Borough Presidents or members of the City Council for capital improvement projects. The most common Reso “A” projects are upgrades to a school’s technology, auditorium, playground, science lab and other specialty classrooms.
Their first successful Reso “A” application netted WHSAD approximately $100K, which was used to outfit a classroom with 32 new computers, a SMART board interactive whiteboard system and furniture to accommodate the new technology. Teacher Giovanni D’Amato said, “The computers have AutoCAD on them, so students can now take on a more digital aspect to the architecture and design. The SMART boards are a big tool for the teachers to use, students like the visual aspect and they help to modernize the school.”
This year, the school qualified for around $80K, which will be used to purchase SMART boards and laptops for every classroom.
“A high level school like WHSAD deserves high level technology,” said Levin. “It’s a privilege to have played a small part in helping them stay at the top of the City rankings.”
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