City School District of New Rochelle
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January 31, 2020
Preliminary 2020-21 Budget Includes Funds For Equity, STEAM, Exciting Programs
The District is very excited to share that the preliminary 2020-21 City School District of New Rochelle budget proposes funds focused on Excellence, Equity and Innovation . Superintendent Dr. Laura Feijóo believes that the three are synonymous and the backbone of any leading district.

Dr. Feijóo has chosen STEAM as the district’s 2020-21 school year initiative while continuing to
support and expand exemplary programs such as PAVE arts, the tremendous athletic department’s varsity boys and girls teams, and Science Research.

“These great initiatives will serve to further support the excellent programming in place in each school,” she said.

The spending plan will include slightly more than $2 million in discretionary funding, which will be equitably distributed between all schools in an approach called “Student-Based Budgeting.” The money will be apportioned to each school based on student population, weighted to support priorities the District developed from the schools’ recently completed Phase I reports, which were the first step in Dr. Feijóo’s entry plan.     

Those priorities include:     

  • Supporting English language learner (ELL) students      
  • Reducing success gaps for African American and Latin students
  • Supporting students who are economically disadvantaged   
  • Supporting special education students

“This is an important step toward achieving the goals we see as necessary to fulfilling our mission of providing a high quality education to all,” Dr. Feijóo said.

“This plan demonstrates our commitment to ensuring that New Rochelle emerges as one of the top districts in the country,” added Board of Education President Amy Moselhi. “I believe the district priorities as set by Dr. Feijóo help address the achievement gaps highlighted throughout the
Phase I process. The Phase I presentations can be found on our district’s homepage .” 

The District plans to expand STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education with an allocation of $15 per student. The preliminary budget will also place a large emphasis on the continued support and expansion of successful programs such as PAVE (Performing And Visual Arts Education), athletics and Science Research.

Assistant Superintendent for Business Gregory Kern presented an early look at the spending plan at the Board of Education meeting in Trinity Elementary School on Tuesday. His presentation came one day after New Rochelle High School Interim Principal Joseph Starvaggi and other leaders of the high
school discussed their priorities for the next school year with the Board.

Community members will have an opportunity to offer their input and ask questions of leaders from all of the schools at a Budget Café in the library of NRHS at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. They will also be able to offer input during the public comment sections of Board meetings.

Incorporating that input, Dr. Feijóo will present the preliminary budget, tentatively scheduled for the March 3 Board meeting. The Board will adopt a final budget on April 21 and residents will vote on it on May 19.
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Dates to Remember
       Monday, February 3: Half Day, All Schools. Professional Development Day

           Monday, February 3: All-County Chorus Rehearsal. Sleepy Hollow High School, 3:30 p.m.

           Tuesday, February 4: Extended Day Classes Begin

           Tuesday, February 4: All-County Band & Orchestra Rehearsal, Seven Bridges Middle School, 3:30 p.m.

           Tuesday, February 4: BOE Meeting, Columbus Elementary School. Public portion, 7 p.m.

           Wednesday, February 5: All-County Chorus Rehearsal Snow Date, Sleepy Hollow High School, 3:30 p.m.
        Wednesday, February 5: NRHS Grade 8 Parent Orientation, 6:30 p.m.

          Thursday, February 6: All-County Band & Orchestra Rehearsal Snow Date, Seven Bridges Middle School, 3:30 p.m.

           Thursday, February 6: NRHS PTSA Meeting, NRHS Room 207

           Thursday, February 6: Ward PTA Meeting, 7 p.m.

           Friday, February 7: Davis School Spirit Day

          Friday, February 7: Ward School Spirit Day