Updates: Capital Plan 2017
Port Chester UFSD 2017 Bond Referendum Projects Board of Education Update
The project status is as follows:
Park Ave Additions and Renovations / Edison School Site and Lighting projects:
Edison School – Other than awaiting the delivery of new light fixtures which were outside the original scope of work, the work is complete.
Park Ave School – The project is progressing as scheduled. The exterior brick masonry veneer installation is ongoing, including details like the first floor window sills. New classroom door frames have been installed, and the 2ndfloor concrete slab was leveled in preparation for new casework and flooring. The mechanical equipment related to the A/C system is going to be installed within the next 2 weeks.
King St and JFK Additions and Renovations:
King Street – The new gas main has been installed from the sidewalk to the building. The classroom addition concrete roof slab has been poured, and roof drains installed. The steel installation is complete, pending a few punch list items. The Mechanical contractor is installing the heating lines in the corridor and classroom addition.
The play area curbing and pavement was installed and the playground equipment has been delivered.
The 24 inch main has been installed, allowing for the repair and turnover of the existing play area.
Within the 2 next weeks, we anticipate the classroom addition, corridor and gym will be back filled.
The roofs will be installed on all three structures. Piping and electrical under grade work in the building footprints will be completed. The water service hot box installed is expected to be installed and the new play area equipment will be constructed.
JFK – Structural steel deliveries for the one story addition are in progress. The one story addition foundation walls were poured and waterproofed, and the crawlspace slab was poured. Concrete block work has begun in this area. Two of the four concrete caissons have been installed for the two story elevator addition. The door frames and the balance of the metal stud framing were installed in the renovated area. The two new playground curbs have been formed.
Within the next 2 weeks, we are anticipating that the 1 story addition steel structure will be erected, and the remaining caissons and foundation wall work for the two story addition will be well underway. The gypsum wall board in the renovation area is expected to be completed and new windows installed. We anticipate the playground curbs and surfacing will be installed and playground equipment delivered.
High School Additions and Renovations:
Construction work has commenced this past week, with contractor mobilization and temporary fence installation. Planning, submittals, and the ordering of materials are continuing. In the upcoming weeks, activity will begin to progress at a more rapid pace.
Middle School Window / UV / Pedestrian Bridge:
The general contractor has performed exterior caulking abatement around the windows. Window shop drawings have been approved and windows ordered. The removal of the concrete canopies has begun during the break and the openings were protected. We are looking for opportunities to expedite the concrete canopy removals between now and the end of the school year. Electrical wiring and mechanical piping are being run inside the building in order to prepare for the replacement of the unit ventilators. The bridge restoration is in progress, but most of that work is scheduled for the summer. While the contractors are making good progress, the greatest amount of activity will be performed during the summer months.
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
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2017 Port Chester Schools Capital Project - Planning for Tomorrow and Beyond
A 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.