Residents approved the City School District of New Rochelle's proposed budget for the 2017-2018 school year Tuesday by a vote of 2,035 to 719, a 74% approval.
Voters also elected Amy Moselhi and Paul Warhit to the Board of Education, They will serve five-year terms on the school board from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2022.
The $259,622,488 budget represents a 2.34 percent increase over the previous year's budget, one of the lowest in years. The increase in the tax levy is 1.995 percent and complies with the state's required tax levy cap. The total proposed taxes to be collected by the school district will be $204,441,642, or 78.75 percent of the budget. In addition, $43,055,794 of revenue will come from state aid and $12,125,052 from other sources.
"The Board of Education is grateful to the community for its support of the 2017-18 budget," said Board of Education President Rachel Relkin. "Moving ahead, we look forward to continuing our pursuit of providing a high quality and challenging education to all our students."
"I am truly grateful to this community for supporting this budget, which holds true to our commitment to provide the very best education for our students while remaining fiscally responsible," added Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian Osborne. "In addition to maintaining all academic programs, the budget adds positions to accommodate for enrollment increases, maintains favorable class sizes and meets pressing student needs."
Those positions include a part-time Trinity psychologist, a full-time Foundations life skills program counselor position at New Rochelle High School, a part-time Isaac E. Young Middle School English as a Second Language teacher, and a full-time Davis Elementary teacher. The budget also supports critical ongoing professional development of teachers and administrators.
In addition, the budget includes funding to support vital instructional technology enhancements, including the ability to provide wireless Internet access to over 95 percent of district instructional spaces. The district's Chromebook program will also be expanded, providing more than 2,500 new mobile devices to students. Other instructional and infrastructure improvements will position the district to continue to provide 21st century learning opportunities for students.
The budget includes an investment for much needed playground replacement and improvements at Trinity, Webster and Columbus elementary schools. The district will also replace the roof of a district-owned maintenance facility on Grove Avenue. A new transformational facility management team will be in place for 2017-2018.
All results remain unofficial.