WARSAW, N.Y., Nov. 01, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Five Star Bank ("Five Star"), subsidiary of Financial Institutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:FISI), announced today that it was the lead bank in a syndicated $4.2 million loan to finance an expansion of the PUC Achieve Charter School in Rochester. Five Star provided $1.4 million of the financing and two additional local lenders provided the balance. The expansion project has been completed and doors opened in September 2016, in time for the start of school. The 30,000 square foot addition includes music and art classrooms, a nurse's office and a two-story gymnasium. The expansion creates the instructional space needed to house seventh and eighth grade students and provides additional parking and outdoor play areas. The school opened in 2014 in a 22,000 square foot building for students in grades 5 and 6. There are currently 286 students enrolled at PUC Achieve. Five Star President and Chief Executive Officer Martin K. Birmingham stated, "We are honored to be involved in this community project, one that was well-planned and supported by the benefactors of the PUC Achieve Charter School. Five Star Bank is dedicated to providing leadership and support for the many communities we serve and we welcomed this opportunity to support education in the City of Rochester." PUC Achieve Charter School is located on Mark Street in the Northeast Quadrant of Rochester. The school has been successful in accelerating the math and reading comprehension of its students, who were well behind their grade level when they entered. Long-term plans include the addition of a PUC Achieve elementary school and a PUC Achieve high school, all on a large campus that will anchor the neighborhood. The borrower was E3 Rochester Real Estate, LLC, a non-profit 501(c)3. It is a grassroots, community-based not-for-profit organization formed to recruit, launch and support high-quality public charter schools in the City of Rochester. PUC Achieve is one of two charter schools recruited to the City by E3 Rochester.