NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (May 13, 2016) – New Rochelle residents will vote on Tuesday, May 17, on the City School District of New Rochelle’s $106.5 million capital improvement bond and proposed $253.7 million budget for the 2016-2017 school year. The budget calls for a 1.11 percent tax levy increase over the previous year. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The bond will fund urgent infrastructure needs in every school and address significant and necessary health and safety projects. Currently, all 10 school buildings in New Rochelle are rated Unsatisfactory, according to the school district’s five-year Building Condition Survey (BCS). At the completion of the expected four-year project, all buildings should be rated Satisfactory and greatly improved.
Under the bond, work at various schools will include roof replacements; masonry restorations; window replacements; exterior and interior door replacements; elevator installations; ADA compliance upgrades; HVAC, electrical and plumbing upgrades; pavement and drainage replacements; athletic field replacements; exterior stair and ramp reconstruction; and interior improvements at each building.
Also, it will keep taxes stable for residents, as there will be no net increase in debt service over the lifetime of the bond because of:
- Completing payments on existing debt
- Low interest rates on lending
- 48.7 percent reimbursement rate from New York State
The Board of Education had adopted the $253.7 million proposed budget, which includes a $3.6 million, or 1.42 percent, increase over the previous year’s budget. This budget proposal has a 1.11 percent tax levy increase, which means the district meets the state’s required tax levy cap. Therefore, the district needs a simple majority of voters to approve the budget.
This is the second year the district will have a balanced budget. Additionally, all programs, faculty and staff positions currently in place for this school year are maintained in the proposed budget. The proposed budget will also add three kindergarten-grade 5 and four grade 7-12 teaching positions to accommodate enrollment increases and stable class sizes. It also includes a $1.2 million increase to $2.3 million in funding for identified capital projects in addition to $13 million to fund regular custodial and maintenance services for buildings and grounds.
The total proposed annual taxes to be collected by the school district will be $200.4 million, or 79 percent of the proposed budget.
Registered voters may vote only at their designated polling place. The location of each resident’s individual polling place was noted on the mailing panel above their name and address on the district’s recently mailed Budget & Bond newsletter. If you have any questions regarding voter registration or where to vote, please contact the Clerk and Secretary to the Board of Education, (914) 576-4219.
The following is a list of polling places in the school district’s election districts. The Street Directory Guide is also posted on the district website at www.nred.org
SED # 1 – Henry 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 – George M. Davis, Jr. 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 – Daniel 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 – East End (Holy Name School), Halligan Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801, Halligan Hall (G.E.D.: 2, 3, 4, 8, 65, 69, 76, 79)
SED # 12 – William B. 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)
About the City School District of New Rochelle
With nearly 11,000 students in 10 schools, the City School District of New Rochelle, through an active partnership amongst community, parents, staff and students, provides a high-quality and challenging education for every child, in a safe, nurturing environment that embraces rich diversity and drives success.