Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!
We hope everyone has had a restful and enjoyable summer. The first day of school is Wednesday, Sept. 5. We're looking forward to a productive school year of learning and growing together!
Park Ave Additions and Renovations / Edison St. Project Site and Lighting projects are in progress.
These projects are in progress. Edison St. planned completion date is Fall 2018 and Park Avenue is Fall 2019.
King St and JFK Additions and Renovations have been bid.
Bids were opened earlier this month. After a bid qualification process conducted by the Architect, CM, and Owner, the Board of Education have awarded these contracts to the lowest responsible bidders. Construction is expected to start mid-September, after approval of contracts, bonds, and insurances.
The High School Additions and Renovations project is awaiting SED review and approval. The project was submitted through the SED 3rd party review process.
The architects are further addressing SED comments / anticipated SED approval is September 2018.
Anticipated construction start for this project is late Fall 2018 with mobilization and excavation. This will not impact the use of the multi-purpose field during the 2018 football season.
The Middle School Window/UV/Pedestrian Bridge project SED submission is being prepared by the Architects and Engineers and will be submitted in September 2018 through the SED 3rd party review process.
**Please note the construction work noted above will proceed throughout the school year, with accommodations made for required NYS testing dates.
$79,950,000 The total cost of all additions, renovations and upgrades included in the 2017 Capital Project
$75 annually per $100,000 of property assessment The 24-year average annual cost to Port Chester taxpayers.
Estimated 66% state reimbursement on allowable expenditures
The Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District voter approved a $79.95 million capital project on March 28, 2017. This initiative, developed with the guidance of a community-driven Bond Advisory Committee, will address critical building needs. It’s a forward-thinking plan that will create improved learning spaces to best serve our growing student body. Community members, including those with civic organizations, arts groups, athletic teams and more, will also be welcome to utilize these spaces.
This capital project will add the space needed to solve the district-wide problem of classrooms functioning at or near capacity – an issue the district was cited for by the Middle States Accreditation Commission. The plan is critical to meet the needs of a student body that is forecasted for continued growth.
Lack of space in our buildings has led to many elementary class sizes that exceed the State Education Department recommendations. Without adequate classrooms at the secondary level, our district is unable to offer the electives and honors level courses available in many surrounding districts. Valuable programs like the school’s International Baccalaureate program, highly regarded by college admissions officers, are also at risk. This initiative is focused on creating 21st century learning spaces with better teacher/student ratios and academic options to meet the needs of every student.
Smaller class sizes improve student outcomes by providing more time for teacher instruction. More class offerings lead to more engaged learners, improved graduation rates, and higher college acceptances.
The capital project additionally includes facility upgrades for athletics and the arts. A new high school gymnasium will increase capacity for instruction, while bringing competition space up to State High School Association standards. This will enable the district to host state tournament and championship games. New full size rehearsal spaces for the award-winning band and choral programs will make space for greater educational programming on the presently overused auditorium stage.
All in all, this plan will raise the academic profile of the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District across all grades and student abilities.
The 2017 capital project is a sound plan to secure funding through borrowing and state aid. The timing is right since interest rates are historically low, and previous debt will be expiring in the near future. This plan will have a long term positive impact and provide annual cost savings by keeping more special education students in district for instruction. In the past decade, our district has undertaken proactive measures to upgrade, but even with these efforts, our schools are inadequate to meet the needs of our students and community. This plan includes new and renovated spaces for 5 out of 6 schools, and will maintain all neighborhood elementary schools. In addition, it will increase curb appeal and create spaces that community groups will be welcome to use.
Better facilities make better districts, which make better communities; better communities increase home values. That is a cycle of value-adding for all of Port Chester.