New Rochelle School Budget Passed Overwhelmingly

Written By: Robert Cox

NEW ROCHELLE, NY — Voters approved the City School District of New Rochelle’s proposed budget for the 2019-2020 school year by a vote of 2,232-1,122 and the New Rochelle Public Library Budget by a vote of 2,148-922.

Voters also elected two members to the Board of Education and two members to the Library Board.

The two highest vote-getters for school board were William Iannuzzi and Valarie D. Williams who will serve five-year terms beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2024.

The two highest vote-getters for school board were Beth Acocella and Whitney Barrat who will serve five-year terms beginning July 1, 2019 and ending June 30, 2024.

The results remain unofficial pending verification by the District Clerk and acceptance by the Board of Education.

The $281,067,000 budget maintains existing programs and adds more than 20 positions without breaking the tax-levy cap.

“The support from this community for this budget holds true to our commitment to provide the very best education for our students while maintaining fiscal responsibility,” said Interim Superintendent Dr. Magda Parvey. “The community has taken another major step to ensure the continued success of its students.”

The spending increase totals $10.7 million, or 3.95% over this year’s $270,381,160 budget. It is supported partly by increases of $4 million in state aid and $2 million in other non-tax revenue. The District will receive $51,470,106 in state aid for the next year, up from $47,416,327 for the current year’s budget.

The tax levy – the dollar amount to be raised by property taxes – will be $213,591,114, which is an increase of $4,588,952, or 2.2% from the current tax levy of $209,002,162, staying within the increase permitted by the cap.

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