2017-2018 Proposed Budget

SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION & BUDGET VOTE

May 16, 2017 - Polling places open from 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Voters will:
• Elect two members of the Board of Education to serve at-large for a five-year term each beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2022. The successful candidates receiving the first and second highest number of votes will be seated for the five-year terms.
• Consider a proposition to adopt the Annual Budget of the City School District of New Rochelle for the fiscal year 2017-2018.
• Consider a proposition to adopt the Annual Budget of the New Rochelle Public Library for the fiscal year 2017-2018.
• Elect one member of the Public Library Board of Trustees to serve at-large for a five-year term beginning July 1, 2017 and ending June 30, 2022. The successful candidate receiving the highest number of votes will be seated for the five-year term.


Poll Location Change:
This year, residents should note that one poll location has been changed. East End School Election District No. 11 has been relocated to TRX Yoga Studio near the Rock Club at Pine Brook Fitness, 130 Rhodes St., which is two blocks from the former polling site, Halligan Hall, Holy Name School, near Stephenson Boulevard.

 

Polling Places:
The following is a list of polling places in the school district’s election districts. To verify your polling place, refer to the mailing label on the back cover of this newsletter, or you may contact the Board of Education at (914) 576-4219. The Street Directory Guide is posted on the district website at www.nred.org.

SED #1 - Barnard School, 129 Barnard Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801, Auditorium Lobby (G.E.D.: 11, 12, 13, 16, 38, 70)
SED #2 - Columbus School, 275 Washington Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801, Gymnasium (G.E.D.: 50, 51, 52, 54, 55, 56, 74, 75)
SED #3 - Davis School, 80 Iselin Drive, New Rochelle, NY 10804, Gymnasium (Gymnasium entrance off Iselin Drive) (G.E.D.: 30, 32, 39, 40, 43, 46, 47)
SED #4 - Jefferson School, 131 Weyman Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10805, Gymnasium (Emmett Terrace Entrance) (G.E.D.: 18, 22, 23, 24, 71, 73, 77)
SED #5 - Central Administration (Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center), 95 Lincoln Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801, Dining Hall (G.E.D.: 10, 15, 49, 53, 60, 64, 66, 78)
SED #6 - New Rochelle High School, 265 Clove Road, New Rochelle, NY 10801, Auditorium Lobby (Clove Road Entrance) (G.E.D.: 14, 34, 36, 37, 41, 45, 48, 61, 68)
SED #7 - Trinity School, 180 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, NY 10805, Gymnasium (G.E.D.: 1, 5, 6, 9, 28)
SED #8 - Albert Leonard Middle School, 25 Gerada Lane, New Rochelle, NY 10804, Auditorium Lobby (G.E.D.: 31, 35, 44)
SED #9 - Webster School, 95 Glenmore Drive, New Rochelle, NY 10801, Gymnasium (G.E.D.: 7, 57, 58, 59, 63, 72)
SED #10 - Isaac E. Young Middle School, 270 Centre Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10805, Gymnasium (G.E.D.: 19, 25, 26, 29)
SED #11 NEW LOCATION – East End (Pine Brook Fitness, The Rock Club, LLC), 130 Rhodes Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801, TRX Yoga Studio (G.E.D.: 2, 3, 4, 8, 65, 69, 76, 79)
SED #12 - Ward School, 311 Broadfield Road, New Rochelle, NY 10804, Cafeteria (Rear Entrance) (G.E.D.: 27, 33, 42, 67)
SED #13 - 570 Fifth Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801, Community Room (G.E.D.: 21)

Q&A

Q: What is the proposed 2017-18 school district budget increase and associated tax impact?

A: The proposed school district budget increase is 2.34 percent, and the projected tax rate impact is 1.995 percent over last year’s actual figures. The final tax rate will be determined this fall when New Rochelle’s city tax roll is set.

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Q: What major factors have influenced the 2017-18 school district budget?

A: This budget keeps costs in line while adding positions to accommodate enrollment increases, maintaining favorable class sizes and maintaining existing programs. It’s important to note this budget proposal will also result in one of the lowest spending rates and levy rate increases in our district in 15 years.

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Q: What plans are in place to address the facilities and maintenance aspects of our physical school community?

A: The $106.5 million capital bond, which was passed by New Rochelle voters last May, is allowing us to correct many of the health and safety issues that have existed in our school buildings. This district needed this type of infusion of capital funding – rather than simply handling it through the annual operational budget – to address the many necessary, long-delayed and age-related repairs in these buildings. That said, we are continuing to expand this area of the operational budget for necessary capital expenditures. This budget includes a $151,040 increase to $2.43 million in funding for identified capital projects, in addition to $16.3 million to fund regular custodial and maintenance services for buildings and grounds.

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Q: How was the 2017-18 budget created and what are the advantages to the district of utilizing zero-based budgeting?

A: The 2017-18 budget has been developed using zero-based budgeting principles. This method allows greater opportunities to most efficiently allocate resources, increases communication and coordination among district professionals, and encourages more thoughtful alignment of budget resources to support the district’s educational goals and mission.

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Q: What is the district’s current undesignated fund balance percentage?

A: Over the last year, the district has increased its fund balance reserve from 3 percent to 3.99 percent of its budget, significantly increasing the district’s financial health. Under state law, the district may keep up to 4 percent of its budget in the undesignated fund balance.