Vote - May 15 - 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. - PCMS Gym
Board of Education Election 2018
Petitions for the Board of Education are due by Monday, April 16 at 5 p.m. The candidates running for election will be announced then.
There are two seats that need to be filled for a three-year term (7/1/2018 to 6/31/2021). They are currently held by Christopher Wolff (board president) and James Dreves (trustee), whose terms expire on June 30, 2018.
"Success for Every Student"
Our motto, “Success for Every Student,” highlights the Port Chester Public Schools’ vision to prepare students academically and emotionally for college and career. To engage and support all children from kindergarten through 12th grade, we offer high-quality academics, along with a rich variety of athletics, arts, clubs, extra-curricular activities and community service options. Students may decide to pursue trade or university training, start a business, join the military or follow a unique path. With a diverse education, they can begin shaping their futures.
Highlights of how we promote success for every student:
- We received the highest state aid increase for the 2017-18 academic year, thanks to local advocacy efforts; this totaled nearly $8 million in additional funds over the past five years.
- We passed an $80 million bond to address overcrowding and update critical facilities.
- PCHS is an International Baccalaureate World School, offering the prestigious IB Diploma Program. It also offers a New York State “seal of bi-literacy” on diplomas for qualifying students.
- We have an elementary enrichment program, concentrating on gifted students. Most recently, they studied software engineering coding.
- PCHS was ranked 161 of 1,500 public New York high schools in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 Best High Schools rankings, earning a silver medal awarded to only 2.4% of eligible high schools.
- We enriched our use of social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – for stronger community communication.
- We negotiated responsible employee contracts to ensure sufficient annual savings and maintain the tax rebate for our property taxpayers.
- We now have content specialist supervisors/directors in ELA, math and science to improve instructional practices and student success.
- We refurbished our PCMS planetarium with state-of-the-art sound/video equipment. The planetarium was non-functional for over a decade.
- After losing 21stCentury funding for after-school programs, we received a donation from the Dalio Foundation and partnered with the Carver Center to provide high-quality after-school programming.
- Nearly 40% of our students are enrolled in Advanced Placement, IB and Honors courses. We offer 11 IB and 12 AP courses. In recent years, PCHS added AP environmental science, computer science, statistics courses and physics.
- We have a championship marching band and offer vocal and instrumental music for all students.
- Our 2017 football team won the AA Central League championship for the first time in 15 years.