District Announcements (Please Scroll Through)

  • Capital Project Bond Vote Results

    Voters in the district passed the bond.  The final vote was Yes:  1307  and No:  1278

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  • DEADLINE IS MARCH 31 for Pre-Kindergarten Registration for Fall 2017

    Applications and all information on our Pre-Kindergarten program can be found on the Pre-Kindergarten school page of our website or can be obtained in person at 17 Spring Street.  There are up to 345 slots available for the 2017-2018 school year for children who will be 4 years old by December 1, 2017, are residents of Port Chester and meet established income guidelines.   Deadline for applications is March 31, 2017.  

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  • Port Chester Drama Club Presents the Musical 9 to 5! Buy Your Tickets Now

    Thursday March 30; Friday March 31 and Saturday April 1.  All shows 7pm.    Please purchase your tickets online on the BrownPaperTickets website (key word Port Chester).  Students/Senior Citizens: $15.  Adults $18.  A limited number of tickets will be available at the door for each show.

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  • Winter Programs and Summer Camp at Carver Center

    Please see the attached flyers for program details and fees.

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  • Enroll Your Child in the Ward Summer Learning Camp

    Read the attached flyer to learn about this year's Ward Summer Learning Camp and watch this space for the application.

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  • Advocate for More State Aid to our District

    Check out the Advocacy section of our site where you will find links to an online petition and sample letters/emails to State officials.    You'll also see the officials' contact information.  Please make your voice heard in Albany as we head into state budget season.  http://port-chester-public-schools.echalksites.com/advocacy  

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  • Kiwanis Annual Youth Breakfast Supporting Youth Leadership Programs

    Sunday April 2 from 9:00 am to Noon at Ridge Street School.  $5 per person (children under 5 are free).  See attached flyer for more details.

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  • Add Our Calendars to Your Device

    Here's everything you need to know about adding our school or district calendars to your personal devices

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  • Please Sign Our Online Petition to Increase State Aid

    Your advocacy is essential!  Please sign our online petition to Governor Cuomo, Senator Latimer and Assemblyman Otis to restore full aid to our district.  Here's the link to petition in English http://tinyurl.com/gl4k63l     Here's the link to the petition in Spanish http://tinyurl.com/gvg48d3    

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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.