Updates: Capital Plan 2017

Work continues on several schools in the district. As of Nov. 13, 2018 the following work has been completed.

Park Ave Additions and Renovations/Edison School Site and Lighting projects: These projects are in progress. At Edison School, the synthetic turf installation is substantially complete and in the punch list stage. We are awaiting the interior stage lighting installation. At Park Ave School, structural steel has been erected, and the 2nd floor concrete slab is expected to be poured by 11/18, pending the weather. The Edison School planned completion date is end of year 2018 and Park Avenue is Fall 2019.

King Street and JFK Additions and Renovations: The submittal process is ongoing. Contractors are continuing with the interiors of the 6 new lower level classrooms. Excavation has started at both sites. Forming and pouring of concrete foundations will follow. These projects are expected to be substantially complete by the end of 2019. The JFK classrooms are expected to be complete by September 2019.

Port Chester High School Additions and Renovations: This project is still awaiting SED review and approval. The project was submitted through the SED 3rd party review process. The architects are addressing additional comments directly from SED. We are establishing bid dates for this project, and we anticipate commencing with bidding after the holidays.

The Middle School Window/UV/Pedestrian Bridge project has been approved by SED, and the architects are finalizing the bid documents. The Project Team has been developing a phasing plan that would allow preliminary work to begin in the spring of 2019.  Site investigations are continuing in order to facilitate the progression of the work around the building as expeditiously as possible.


*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.