The Port Chester Board of Education met with Fuller and D’Angelo
P.C, Architects and Planners on Tuesday, Nov. 8 to familiarize themselves with
the plans the Bond Advisory Committee (BAC) voted on before the board receives
the BAC’s final recommendation.
They board did not discuss any possibility of their approving or
rejecting the BAC’s plans and did not make any motion to change the concept
The Board of Education offered their praise to the BAC for all of
the work they’ve done over the last six weeks.
“I have a lot of respect for the committee,” Board President Jim
Dreves said. “They worked extremely hard, were professional and listened to all
Some comments were thrown around during the meeting such as that Carolee
Brakewood was happy to see King Street School and John F. Kennedy Magnet
School’s lower location could get independent gym and cafeteria spaces if the
board approved the bond and the public passed the referendum.
Bob Johnson commented on how he hears about the overcrowding in
the high school from his son.
“We live it every day,” he said.
The board all seemed impressed with the BAC’s and the architects’
plan at King Street School and how it allowed for future construction if the
Early Learning Center closed down or if the space were needed in the future.
Potentially, there could be a two-story addition that could create about 26 new
classrooms added to the location in the future due to the design being put
forth by the BAC.
Other comments were a bit too forward thinking. Anne Capeci
wanted to try and cut the cost of the project by only renovating the existing
Port Chester High School gymnasium, suggesting they re-charge the committee to
slim down the project if it isn’t to their liking and saying that the board
should get into a mindset about the project and the cost, but Dreves had to
pull her back and remind her that “it’s too early to discuss something we haven’t
Brakewood also wondered why the BAC had their hearts set on gym
spaces and plans on asking them if they do not address it in their final
Architect Frank DiFato pointed out to his colleague Joe Fuller
that the Board of Education’s original charge to the BAC was for them to create
a competition gym in the high school instead of just remodeling the existing
“Let’s hear it from their perspective before we get into any
mindset,” Dreves said in regards to the questions about the BAC’s gymnasium
The Board of Education believes they will be hearing the BAC’s
final recommendation on Nov. 15 during the school board meeting at Thomas A.
Edison Elementary School at 7 p.m.