Dear RCSD Families,
Board President Cynthia Elliott and I delivered some important news at the conclusion of last night's Board of Education Meeting where the 2022-2023 budget was approved.
This budget, of $983,599,049 dollars, reflects a commitment to students and sets priorities for delivering high-quality instruction, social emotional wellness and health, and additional supports for our English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities.
This budget also provides us the opportunity to maintain a healthy fund balance, which ensures fiscal stability and responsibility.
We want to share a few examples of what is to come in the next fiscal year.
We are adding more social workers, increasing the capacity for the ROC Restorative team, and increasing school health services.
We are happy to say that we have included an additional 3 million dollars in food service to upgrade meal options, including hot meals for students.
We will also be implementing a new science curriculum, where scholars will have access to state-of-the-art equipment.
We are strengthening our Multi-Tiered Support Systems and compliance regulations to provide academic interventions and supports for Students with Disabilities.
Receivership schools will have greater supports for staff development, programming for foundational skills, and the ability for school leaders to more independently respond to their school’s needs.
We will be engaging in a high school redesign, where every secondary school will participate in visioning sessions with students and our entire community to create schools of the future.
We have aligned opportunities for job-embedded professional development that focuses on literacy training, project management, leadership capacity, and more opportunities to collaborate between departments.
We are increasing opportunities for family engagement by providing a platform for every school to communicate in multiple languages.
We are so excited that this summer we will offer more than 30 different programs for students in grades K through 12 that focus on academics, arts, sports, career and technical education, and STEAM.
This budget provides great opportunities to our scholars, families, and staff.
Every child deserves to engage with grade-level content every day and experience high-quality culturally-responsive curriculum, where they are affirmed, seen, and valued.
Dr. Lesli Myers-Small
Superintendent of Schools