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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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  • 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.   

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

 logoA Community-Minded Initiative

The Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District is proposing a $79.95 million capital project that will go before voters 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 would 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 will focus 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.  The proposed new high school gymnasium would increase capacity for instruction, while bringing competition space up to State High School Association standards. This would 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.

The consensus of the Bond Advisory Committee is that expansion and renovations are necessary and should begin as soon as possible. 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 that can begin with approval of this capital project on March 28.

Take a Look at the Capital Project

Mark Your Calendar

  • PCMS Auditorium

    Community Presentation

    2017 Capital Project
  • PCMS Auditorium

    Community Presentation

    2017 Capital Project
  • Capital Project Vote

    Port Chester Middle School

    2017 Capital Project
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