If you still have questions about the upcoming $79.95 million Port Chester school bond vote, there are opportunities to get them answered. The Board of Education, along with Superintendent Dr. Edward Kliszus and members of the Bond Advisory Committee (BAC), are hosting a community presentation all about the capital project on Wednesday, March 8 at 7 p.m. in the Port Chester Middle School auditorium.

The event will begin with introductions from Board of Education President Jim Dreves. The Port Chester High School Jazz Ensemble, directed by Mike Miceli, will then play. Once the ensemble has finished, Kliszus will present the scope of the project. Once he is done, members of the BAC will explain why they recommended this project to the board.

Following another brief interlude filled with more music from the jazz ensemble, the audience will be shown “The Port Chester Public Schools Capital Project Film,” created by Focus Media, Inc. The video can be found on YouTube or the Port Chester School District’s website and it features school administrators, teachers and students advocating the need for more space in the schools.

Bond overview

If the capital project passes, it will impact five out of the six schools in the Port Chester School District, costing $75 annually per $100,000 of property assessment. The average home in the district is assessed at $477,000, so the average homeowner can expect to pay about $352.80 a year. After the 24-year bond period is up, the average district taxpayer will have paid around $8,467.20. This tax increase does take into account state aid, which is funding 39 percent ($31.18M) of the project.

Port Chester High School would receive a two-story addition above the parking lot on Tamarack Road that would house 17-18 new rooms, including classrooms, science labs, a band room, a choir room and a computer lab. A competition sized gym would be added adjacent to the old gym on College Avenue and the current gym would be renovated into new locker rooms that would be on the same floor as the new gymnasium, a weight room and a multi-purpose room.

John F. Kennedy Magnet School would get an addition to the lower building. Eight classrooms would be built inside the maintenance space behind the school and on the second story above it. The maintenance area would be relocated below a new gymnasium, which would be on the same side as the current gym, and the current gym would be converted into a cafeteria. The school would also get a media center combining the current library and computer lab.

King Street School would get a new gym so the cafeteria would be a separate space, two new classrooms and a total of 64 parking spaces.

Park Avenue School would get four new classrooms and an updated media center.

Thomas A. Edison School would not get new classrooms due to the lack of space on the site. The kids would get a new turf field to play on.

The polls will be open on Tuesday, March 28 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. in the Port Chester Middle School gym.