New York City Department of Education Chancellor Joel Klein, Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott, Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm, Chief Family Engagement Officer Martine Guerrier, SCA President Sharon Greenberger, Department of City Planning Director Purnima Kapur, P.S. 8 Principle Seth Phillips, New York State Senator Martin Connor, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Councilman David Yassky, PTA co-President Tom Eldridge, Superintendent James Machen, P.S. 8 Assistant Princpal Robert Mikos, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership President Joe Chan, Brooklyn Bridge Park Deputy Director Nancy Webster, and Community Education Council Representatives for School District 13 all were present to mark the occasion.
“I am pleased that the Department of Education has acknowledged the enormous need for additional classroom space at P.S. 8,” stated Millman. “Thanks to the hard work of the educational team under the leadership of Principal Seth Phillips, more neighborhood families are choosing to send their children to P.S. 8. While that is a highly desired result, it has caused overcrowding in the school. I look forward to working with the P.S. 8 community and the Department of Education to add permanent classroom space to this much-deserving school.”