From The New York Daily News’ Hugh Son.

The controversial Atlantic Yards project shouldn’t get $100 million in state funds until a desperately needed Sunset Park high school is built, a Brooklyn elected official said.

The stalled high school project – promised and then scrapped three times in 37 years – is more deserving of state funding than developer Bruce Ratner’s $3.5 billion arena, office and residential tower project, said state Sen. Velmanette Montgomery (D-Fort Greene).

“There shouldn’t be any dollars going to that arena until that high school is built. Period,” Montgomery told the Daily News.

The $93 million school project – in limbo amid budget disputes between Gov. Pataki and the city – should “definitely go to the top of the list” for funding, Montgomery added.

Education advocates and Sunset Park parents fear the school will be shelved yet again amid an ongoing battle regarding at least $4.7 billion courts have ruled the state owes city schoolchildren.

A Ratner spokesman declined to comment.

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