Updates: Capital Plan 2017

Work continues on several schools in the district. As of Feb. 13, 2019 the following work has been completed:

Park Ave Additions and Renovations/Edison School Site and Lighting projects

Edison School: Work is complete, except for possible revisions to the lighting controls and closeout documentation for the electrical contract.

Park Ave School: The interior work to the additional classrooms is ongoing, such as interior partitions (complete), fireproofing (complete), and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems (roughing is complete). Work during the February Break is scheduled to include the removal of the existing corridor dividing wall, and installation of a new metal stud framed wall. Masonry, windows and exterior work are expected to begin in March. 

King St and JFK Additions and Renovations

King Street: Crane setup / steel erection is now anticipated the week of February 25th pending backfilling and proper preparation of the site conditions. The tie-in of the new water service is being coordinated for late Spring/Summer. During President’s week, interior work is planned in existing areas of the buildings that are less accessible during the typical school day, such as steel beams that are needed to support HVAC equipment, or installing heat and plumbing piping down a corridor.

JFK: The general contractor removed exterior asphalt in the playground area in preparation for footing excavation. The contractor started the rerouting of the storm water pipe, as well as electrical supply wiring in the existing building. Several unanticipated conditions have been addressed, and as the weather allows, the contractor will pour concrete footings and walls for the classroom addition. This excavation was performed just prior to the change in weather. We are awaiting additional excavation to begin for the gym and elevator. During the February break, we anticipate that the new electrical / data wiring and the new storm line will continue. (Weather permitting).

High School Additions and Renovations: The project is currently out to bid. The bids are currently due February 26th. We have conducted pre-bid walkthroughs with prospective bidders.  We expect to see staging begin late Spring 2019. 

Middle School Window/UV/Pedestrian Bridge: This project is in the submittal phase as three of the four prime contracts have been awarded.  The submittal phase includes the most crucial timing as the contractor is measuring for the new windows and preparing shop drawings, due to a long lead-time for fabrication and delivery. The HVAC contract has been re-bid, with bids due this week.  The award of this contract will be awarded by the end February.  This project will be completed in phases, with the largest concentration of work performed during the summer months.

 Please note the construction work noted above will proceed throughout the school year, with accommodations made for required NYS testing dates.   

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

 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.