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$12.5 Million Bond Vote For Westchester Middle School Repairs Tuesday

Workers outside the Board of Education and District office entrance of Port Chester-Rye Union Free District on Oct. 31, 2017. Port Chester Middle School reopened on Nov. 6 after emergency repairs, but permanent fixes are planned. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Port Chester Middle School reopened on Nov. 6 after emergency repairs. Bulldozers and temporary orange fences surrounded PCMS and the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District offices after an Oct. 26, 2017, accident. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

Residents of the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District are being asked to vote on their second major construction project in less than a year due to emergency repairs required at Port Chester Middle School.

The vote to approve $12.5 million in renovations is set for Tuesday, Feb. 6 from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m in the Port Chester Middle School gymnasium.

This project primarily addresses the recent emergency safety work and necessary reconstruction at Port Chester Middle School for a long-term, safe and cost-effective solution.

Temporary repairs at Port Chester Middle School cost $1.6 million -- due to an Oct. 26 concrete collapse as reported here by Daily Voice.

Middle school students missed six days of classes as a result of the evening accident involving  mountings to a 4,500-pound decorative panel. No one was injured.

School resumed on Nov. 6 at Port Chester Middle School. Adjoining District Offices for the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District reopened on Nov. 1.

The middle school had about 90 similar concrete panels. Renovation included installing safety bridges over entry ways, and installing jacks to support all of the remaining panels.

During public meetings on Nov. 9 and Tuesday Nov. 14, 2017, the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District's Board of Education considered options for permanent repairs.

At the Nov. 9 meeting, the school board examined four permanent reconstruction options presented by architects:

Last March, Port Chester residents approved another construction project across multiple schools, including Port Chester High School as reported here by Daily Voice.

At least 75 percent of the emergency work and about 70 percent of the cost of permanent reconstruction is expected to qualify for state building assistance.

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