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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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2017 Port Chester Schools Capital Project - Planning for Tomorrow and Beyond

 logoA Community-Minded Initiative

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.

 21st Century Learning 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.

 Planning for Academic Success

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.

 A Sensible Investment for the Future

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. 

Taxpayer Value. A Sound Investment

$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  

Watch a Short Video about the Capital Project

 link to video 

Ver un breve video sobre el Proyecto Capital

 Link to video in Spanish