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
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.