GOSHEN, N.Y. (June 8, 2017) —- The strategic public relations work of Focus Media, the Hudson Valley’s largest, award-winning public relations and marketing firm, contributed to the recent passage of the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District’s $79.9 million capital bond project.
“Our Focus Media team’s professional insight on what needed be accomplished to increase public awareness of how Port Chester-Rye students will benefit as result of this bond was exactly what was needed,” said Focus Media President and CEO Josh Sommers. “School district officials are grateful to voters for recognizing how this bond will further help students to be college and career ready. We congratulate the school district and the school community and are proud to have had a role in this positive outcome.”
Collectively, the project’s district-wide enhancements will deliver the best possible educational opportunities to students at every level, raise the academic profile of the district and positively impact the entire community.
The capital bond project will bring additions, upgrades and renovations that will solve Port Chester’s district-wide problem of classrooms functioning at or near capacity. It will create smaller class sizes to improve teacher-to-student ratio and allow for the type of tailored instruction that contributes to better academic achievement, test scores and graduation rates.
The bond project will also allow for added services to students with disabilities, and provide them full access to the mainstream curriculum.
Additionally, the bond project includes facility upgrades for athletics and the arts, including a new high school gymnasium that will bring competition space up to State High School Association standards.
At the secondary level, it provides more space for elective and honors classes, which better prepare students for college and employment after graduation.
Of the $79.9 million capital bond project, 66 percent of allowable expenses are eligible for New York State reimbursement. The 24-year average annual cost to Port Chester taxpayers will be an estimated $75 per $100,000 of property assessment.
About Focus Media
Focus Media, Inc. is an award-winning, full-service public relations and marketing firm specializing in market research, branding, design, collateral development, TV and radio production, media planning and placement. Since launching the company in 2002, President and CEO Josh Sommers has assembled a highly talented team of marketing experts, public relations strategists and acclaimed graphic designers that have made Focus Media a preeminent advertising agency known for its creativity, innovation and cutting edge marketing strategies. For more information, visit www.focusmediausa.com.