THE BRONX - A Bronx elementary school has topped a list of 20 worst school buildings in New York City.
According to a new report from 32BJ SEIU, a union of property service workers, P.S. 152 on Evergreen Avenue has the most building code violations. The Department of Buildings says the school has nine open violations for inoperable windows, broken doors and a buckled walkway, among other issues.
Lehman High School is the second Bronx school on the list. It landed at No. 8 with six open violations, including the need for elevator maintenance and safety repairs.
Supporters of the report say that the disparity in building conditions mostly affects minority students and that it could further widen the achievement gap.
A spokesperson for the Department of Education (DOE) says that it immediately addresses serious maintenance issues and is spending more than $3 billion in building improvements.