NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - The New Rochelle Board of Education has approved a near $260 million budget for the 2017-2018 academic school year that will be put to a public vote next month.
At the latest Board of Education meeting, members unanimously adopted a proposed $259,622,488 spending plan, marking a 2.34 percent (5,936,852) increase over last year’s budget.
The budget represents a 1.995 percent tax levy increase, which is under the state’s required cap. The total proposed taxes to be collected by the school district will be $204,441,642 (78.75 percent) of the proposed budget. District officials said that $12,125,052 will come from other sources and $43,055,794 will be contributed from state aid.
"The district has again provided the residents of New Rochelle an excellent value proposition for educating its students," Superintendent Dr. Brian G. Osborne said in a statement. "The proposed budget delivers a low tax impact, fiscally responsible spending plan that is also educationally sound."
According to the Board, the budget maintains all programs, faculty and staff. It also calls for a new transformational facility management team that will be in place for the academic year. Additionally, the budget includes additional staff positions as enrollment is expected to increase. New positions will include a part-time psychologist at Trinity, a full-time life skills program counselor at the high school and additional staff at Davis Elementary and Isaac E. Young Middle Schol.
"The City School District of New Rochelle administration and Board of Education have created a budget to be proud of," Board of Education President Rachel Relkin said. "It addresses the needs of our educators and students in the 21st century classroom, provides for the care and maintenance of our buildings and offers our taxpayers a very reasonable increase in cost. The Board is very supportive of this budget."