By Douglas Feiden / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
That dream will come true for the Community Health Academy of the Heights early 2013 as construction wraps up on its modern, six-story, red-brick building on W. 158th St. — and it finally gathers its pupils under one roof.
It’s about time: CHAH, a grade 6-12 school, has a middle school on 182nd St. off Amsterdam Ave. and a high school on 183rd St. off St. Nicholas Ave. — and neither one has a library, cafeteria, auditorium or gym.
When the academy moves into its long-awaited, $44 million home, its 37 teachers and 523 students will never again have to trek through blizzards or scorching heat to teach a class, chat with a pal or visit a school social worker.
“We’ve had our trials and tribulations and pitfalls in creating, financing and building a school in this economic climate — and overcoming the limitations of the temporary sites,” said Yvonne Stennett, executive director of the Community League of the Heights, which founded CHAH.
“But we finally see the stars aligning.”