Millennium High School adds another floor

Millennium High School, which is located on the upper floors of 75 Broad, will add another floor – the 14th – to help fix the overcrowding that has forced teachers to hold some classes in the hallways, move chairs back and forth between classrooms (why not get more chairs??) and use common spaces as classrooms.

The new floor – 25,000 square feet – will get them five new classrooms, 5,000 square feet of physical education space and a new staircase connecting the three floors. The work is scheduled to be finished before September 2022. And while the school could easily take more kids (with over 6000 applications for the average of 170 seats they offer each year), they are not adding capacity, according to Tribecan Tricia Joyce, the chair of the CB1 Youth & Education Committee. The community board — which helped get the school opened in 2002 with $14 million it raised after 9/11 — and Councilwoman Chin pushed for years for the expansion.

The screened school requires a 90 average, 10 or fewer absences over the past school year, and a 3 or 4 on the state exams. Then, priority is given to students who live or attend school south of Houston Street.