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Port Chester Middle School To Reopen After $400K In Repairs

Workers outside the Board of Education and District office entrance of Port Chester-Rye Union Free District on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Port Chester Middle School will reopen on Monday, Nov. 6 after emergency repairs.
Workers outside the Board of Education and District office entrance of Port Chester-Rye Union Free District on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Port Chester Middle School will reopen on Monday, Nov. 6 after emergency repairs. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Port Chester Middle School will reopen on Monday, 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 accident.
Port Chester Middle School will reopen on Monday, 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 accident. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

Last week's unexpected "vacation" for middle school students in the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District is over after 10 days of emergency repairs.

School resumes on Monday, Nov. 6 at Port Chester Middle School, after about $400,000 in temporary fixes to the building following an Oct. 26 structural accident.

"We are pleased to announce that Port Chester Middle School has been cleared to open for classes," Caryn Furst, a school district spokeswoman said on Sunday.

And students at PCMS will begin making up lost class time while others in the school district have scheduled days off, Furst said.

On Tuesday, Nov. 7, the middle school will hold classes, while all other district schools are closed for a professional development day, Furst said.

And Port Chester Middle School will remain a polling site for Tuesday’s elections as well.

Adjoining District Offices for the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District reopened on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

On Thursday, Oct. 26, a mounting for a decorative concrete panel failed, causing the panel to fall to the ground and damage a classroom’s windows. There were no injuries and school was not in session at the time, Furst said.

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

The Board of Education plans to consider several options for a permanent solution after they are developed and presented by the architects and engineers.

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