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    New School Calendar

    The Board of Education approved a revised 2017-2018 school calendar.  It can be found under Quick Links on your school home page.

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    PCHS Marching Band Christmas Tree Sale is 12/2 and 12/3, from 10-4 on the PCHS Tennis Courts

    One Weekend Only!  December 2 and 3.   Support the Marching Band and buy your Christmas Tree at the band's annual sale.   The sale is located at the PCHS Tennis Courts (corner of Neuton Ave and Wesley Ave).  Local delivery available for a nominal fee.   All proceeds benefit the Port Chester High School Marching Band.

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    Professional Development Team from Edison School to Receive Prestigious National Award

    Three teachers from Thomas A. Edison School – Barbara Terracciano, Kelly Brucale and Amy Simmons – along with two educators from Manhattanville College – Dr. JoAnne Ferrara and Dr. Dee Gomez – will be the recipients of the 2018 Claudia A. Balach Teacher Researcher Award.  This prestigious award is given annually by the Professional Development School Research Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA).  The educators will be honored at the AERA 2018 Annual Meeting in New York City in mid-April.

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Vote on May 16, 2017

Tax Cap Q & A

Tax Cap Q&A
What is the Property Tax Levy Cap?
The Property Tax Levy Cap was created by legislation passed in June, 2011, that places new restrictions on how school districts (and municipalities) may increase their tax levies.  Although the new law has been referred to as a "2% tax cap," it does not in fact restrict any proposed tax levy increase to 2%.  The law does, however, require at least 60% voter approval for a school budget if the proposed levy increase exceeds a certain amount.  That amount, called the "tax levy limit," will be determined by each district according to a formula outlined in the law.  It will vary by district.

Does the Property Tax Cap law limit the annual increase of my property taxes to less than 2% each year?
The law does not cap an individual's school tax bill.  Its requirements apply only to the total school tax levy -- the total amount in property taxes a district collects.  Increases in individual taxes are often different than increases in the levy due to a variety of factors outside a school district's control, including assessment values in the community.

Does the Property Tax Cap mean the total school tax levy will be limited to a 2% increase each year?
No.  There are exceptions that may result in a tax levy increase greater than 2%.  Some of those exceptions include district growth as a result of new construction and legally mandated pension contributions.  Ultimately, school districts will use a complex calculation involving eight different steps to come up with the tax levy limit.

To maintain educational programming, can the district propose a budget that exceeds the tax levy cap limit?
Districts have the option to exceed their tax levy limits with 60% voter approval.

What happens if voters reject the budget?
The law contains new contingent budget restrictions.  If a district fails to gain voter approval and must adopt a contingent budget, then there can beNO increase in the tax levy at all.  This would force incredibly difficult budget decisions for the district.