BUDGET VOTE TODAY - Where to vote.
The New Rochelle school budget vote is today until 9 p.m.
Don't know where to vote? Follow this link to an election district street directory:
The New Rochelle school budget vote is today until 9 p.m.
Don't know where to vote? Follow this link to an election district street directory:
The NRHS 2018 Graduation Ceremony will be held on Thursday June 21st, 2018 at 5:00 PM sharp on McKenna Field at NRHS. Graduates should arrive no later than 3:45 PM. Clove Road will be closed for parking beginning at 9:00 AM and will be closed to through traffic beginning at 3:30 PM.
There will be no reserved parking available. Attendees will be required to find the nearest available street parking. Please be mindful not to block fire hydrants and driveways.
Attendees who require wheelchair access or who otherwise have limited mobility can be dropped off at Flandreau Avenue at the top of the NRHS administrative parking lot. From there they will receive an escort to McKenna Field. Congratulations to the Class of 2018!
Students will be able to pick up their diplomas on Friday June 22nd from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM in the House II Upper Cafe. Diplomas will also be distributed with report cards from House 4 on Tuesday June 26th and Wednesday June 27th from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM and from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM.
Final report cards will be distributed from House 4 on Tuesday June 26th and Wednesday June 27th from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM and from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM.
Report cards that are not picked up by June 27th will be mailed home on June 29th.
Any student, who fails a course or Regents exam required for high school graduation, must attend summer school. Summer school will be in session from Monday, July 9th, 2017 through Tuesday, August 14th, 2017. Due to construction at the High School, summer school classes will be held at ALMS.
Textbook and Library Book Returns:
All students are required to return all textbooks, library books and any other borrowed materials and equipment by June 11th. Students who do not return books by the due date will be billed for the replacement cost. Students must either return the books or pay for the cost of the book. If you are returning a book, you can bring the book to your teacher or the appropriate department office. If it is a library book, then it should be returned to the library. Students who have outstanding books will have a hold placed on their accounts and may not receive report cards or transcripts. Graduating seniors who fail to turn in or pay for outstanding books will not receive their diplomas. If you need to pay for lost books, payments can be brought to Ms. Nunes in the main office.
The attached is the complete list of awards bestowed at the New Rochelle High School Class of 2018 Senior Awards Assembly and Senior Awards Ceremony on June 11, 2018.
Please see the attached document for NRHS Fall Sports. Thank you.
Please see the attached document for the 2018 June Regents Schedule. Thank you.
Dr. Jonathan Brice, chair of the Task Force on Reducing Violence in the Lives of Children and Youth, presented the Task Force's report of recommendations to the New Rochelle Board of Education, the New Rochelle City Council and the community on May 30 in City Council chambers. View the meeting by clicking on the link below.
Special thanks to the City of New Rochelle for recording the meeting and providing the video.
The following is an email that New Rochelle Board of Education President Rachel Relkin sent to the community on the morning of May 25, 2018:
Dear New Rochelle Community,
I am writing to inform you that the Task Force on Reducing Violence in the Lives of Children and Youth has released its final report of recommendations. You can find the report on the City School District of New Rochelle website at www.nred.org.
For anyone who would like to learn more about the recommendations, Dr. Jonathan Brice, the Task Force chair, will present the report at a public meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, in the New Rochelle City Council Chambers, City Hall, 515 North Avenue.
This is an important milestone for our community, and the Board of Education looks forward to delving into the recommendations provided. In the meantime, I want to thank Dr. Brice and the dozens of community members who devoted their time, knowledge, experience and dedication toward this vital project. I would also like to thank the members of the public who offered their questions and comments in emails to the Task Force and in the April 14 public meeting.
I am grateful that we can all work together to continue building a community where our children and teenagers can feel secure, experience the joy of learning and grow into healthy young adults.
New Rochelle Board of Education
Please see the attached document for the 2018/19 NRHS Program Guide.
You may also visit the "Quick Links" section of the NRHS Home Page for the 2018/19 Program Guide.
View the New Rochelle Board of Education meeting at 7 p.m. tonight here:
The Board of Education sent the following message to the Trinity Elementary School community today:
Dear Trinity community,
We are writing to share an update regarding the principalship at Trinity Elementary School.
We have received your many emails and messages about the selection process to fill the Principal position at Trinity Elementary School. While we don’t normally say anything about personnel decisions – and while there are serious constraints on what we can say under any circumstances – the comments and concerns that have been raised have been heartfelt, and deserve a serious response. We have advised the Superintendent that we will not be ready to vote on his recommendation until we are assured your concerns were given due consideration in the selection process.
We recognize there has been an outpouring of support for Michael Hilderbrand. He deserves it. As you know, he was the engaged, deeply committed, and very popular House IV Principal at New Rochelle High School before coming to Trinity; and in the period of several months he has endeared himself to students, parents and faculty at Trinity School. In multiple ways he has modeled the best leadership practices and behaviors we hope to see in our administrators.
The Board of Education appoints building principals upon the recommendation of the Superintendent. This is not unique to New Rochelle; it is a requirement of New York State Education Law. The candidate who has been recommended for the position has deep experience both with curriculum and as an elementary school principal. If that person is finally approved by the Board of Education, it will be because the recommendation was based on a rigorous process, not because we do not share in your affection for Mr. Hildebrand.
Please allow us to work through this process, and be assured we do not take our role in this decision lightly.
Board of Education of the City School District of New Rochelle
The following letter was emailed to the community from Superintendent Dr. Brian Osborne yesterday, on the eve of today's (May 15) vote on the budget:
New Rochelle community,
The proposed $272.8 million 2018-19 school budget that voters in New Rochelle will decide on tomorrow (May 15) has become a topic of spirited debate on social media and elsewhere, resulting in much confusing information circulating in the community.
There is an FAQ on the district website that presents the facts on several topics about the budget that are of interest to residents in the City School District of New Rochelle. Below are a few of these Q and A. Please review these items, and to learn more about the plan, find a wealth of information, including a comprehensive Q&A, by visiting http://www.nred.org/
The proposed tax levy increase is 3.89%. Based on the tax assessor’s estimates, the tax rate would increase an estimated 4.14 percent. That would result in an increase in the annual tax bill of $507.68 for a home with a market value of about $695,000, the city median (based on the average home assessment in the city of $16,000.) The new tax rate would be $798.50 per $1,000 of assessed value. That’s an increase of $31.73 per $1,000 over the current rate of $766.77 per $1,000. The tax bill for a home assessed at the city average would be $12,776, up from $12,268.32 this year. Owners of less expensive homes would see smaller increases and lower bills; more expensive homes would generate larger increases in the annual tax bill.
The STAR tax exemptions will not be affected by the budget. If the budget is adopted with a tax levy increase higher than the cap, taxpayers who receive Basic STAR will lose, for one year, an additional benefit, the property tax relief credit. The credit is calculated as a portion of a taxpayer’s Basic STAR savings and is offered in addition to those STAR benefits.
If the budget is not passed by voters, the Board of Education has the option to adopt a second plan to be put to voters on June 19. To stay within the District’s tax cap of a 2.231 percent increase in the tax levy, $3.4 million would need to be cut from the currently proposed budget.
If voters defeat an adopted budget on the second try, the District must adopt a contingency budget. For that, the amount of money to be raised by taxes must be no higher than that of the current budget – $204.4 million. To reach that level, the District would have to cut nearly $8 million from the current plan.
Also, the District would be limited to funding only those costs deemed absolutely necessary to operate and maintain schools.
Measures that would be considered include:
A detailed explanation of the purpose and usage of reserve funds is found in the district’s draft reserve plan. To briefly summarize:
The budget does propose using $1.4 million of the District’s fund balance of $10.9 million.
Fund balances and reserves are important for a district’s fiscal solvency. Appropriate balances and reserves enable a district to secure a favorable credit rating, withstand economic downturn, and protect against known liabilities. The use of fund balances should be limited to protracted economic recessions. During the next economic downturn, the District will need the fund balance to stabilize educational programs and taxes.
While the District is financially stronger than just a few years ago, it faces the same daunting challenges as other school districts across the state. Generally, school districts are facing rising fixed costs that are outpacing slower revenue growth, namely state aid revenue. As a result, many school districts are in the unfortunate position of spending down their fund balances. This is a slippery slope. A low fund balance puts pressure on the quality of a school district’s credit ratings, making borrowing for capital expenses more expensive. By improving our credit rating, we have already saved taxpayers $500,000 in borrowing costs.
Using additional fund balance or reserves in the 2018-2019 budget would merely push the budget gap created by the tax cap to the next fiscal year. At that time, the District would need to address how to fund those continuing programs and operations without the appropriate resources. Utilization of reserves and fund balance requires a long-term view to maintain proper tax stabilization. It is very important when using reserves or any fund balance to keep in mind that using these funds for ongoing operations creates a long-term need to fund continuing programs and operations.
Michael Borges, Executive Director of the New York State Association of School Business Officials, as quoted in The Journal News, says; “This year you’re seeing a smattering of budgets where you are having program cuts and layoffs, which is due to school districts drawing on their reserves and a low state aid increase. This may be the tip of the iceberg this year.”
Factors causing districts to attempt tax cap overrides include a 2018-2019 state budget providing one of the lowest year-over-year increases in Foundation Aid for schools, and districts enrolling more students with disabilities, those whose native language isn’t English and economically disadvantaged students, Borges told the news organization.
The reserve fund for anticipated tax certiorari (tax cert) payments is not intended for use to lower the tax levy. The anticipated payment of $3.5 million is an estimate determined in conjunction with the City of New Rochelle tax assessor projecting tax claims that may be settled during the 2018-2019 school year. Typically, a tax cert case combines claims made for each of several years. The prior years’ funds are locked in the reserves and are not available to be applied to the 2018-2019 budget to reduce taxes. In fact, the use of tax certiorari reserve funds is governed by Education Law Sec. 3651(1-a) and is set up to be used for a specific purpose. It may not be used to finance ongoing operations
The Tax Cert Reserve is funded each year from operating surplus, when possible. (In 2014-15, for instance, no such fund existed, forcing the District to borrow money for the prior year’s tax cert payments.) Based on past settlement rates and consultation with the City’s tax assessor, an appropriate reserve amount is calculated to be $0.30 for every $1.00 of existing claims. Funds must be used within four years of being placed in reserve, unless there are claims that are still unsettled.
Each year a separate sub-account of the reserve fund is created that can only be drawn upon for claims filed during that year. A tax cert claim must be filed in the year that the property in question is believed to be over-assessed. A claim cannot be filed for a previous year.
The settlement year is a future date, but the money will be paid from the reserve claim year to cover the outflow of cash. If the account for that claim year has already been used and no balance remains, the payment for the tax settlement will need come from the current year’s budget. This will require a budgetary transfer and a reduction of funds available for the current year’s program and operations.
The proposed budget, with extensive supplemental information, is available on the District website, www.nred.org. Many costs are broken down by school, including instructional salaries, textbooks, computer equipment and supplies and materials such as copy paper, crayons and glassware for science laboratories. Staffing levels and projections are also posted on the site. Some costs, such as special education programs or computer software, are budgeted as a district expense rather than a school expense because they support districtwide programs.
The budget process is far more transparent than in the past. This is evident from various items, including:
1) Vigorous zero-based budget process resulting in a zero-based budget document that is available to the public.
2) Multiple community meetings open to the public and live-streamed for those who could not attend.
3) Lengthy public budget presentations prepared by the administrators and staff members who actually prepared the various sections of the budget (i.e. assistant superintendents, directors, principals, etc.).
Thank you for your interest in making an informed decision, and please remember to vote tomorrow, May 15, between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Brian G. Osborne
City School District of New Rochelle
|Coach Andy Capellan|
The 2018 NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame Class will be inducted on Wednesday, July 25 at 6 p.m. at High Peaks Resort in Lake Placid, N.Y. Tickets for the Hall of Fame banquet may be purchased by calling Sandy Schanck at the NYSPHSAA Office, 518-690-0771, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to purchase tickets is Wednesday, July 18.
Josué Aguilar and Carlos Del Aguila, seventh-grade master spellers in Spanish, remained on stage as the pool of contestants - 30 dual language students from Jefferson and Trinity elementary schools - dwindled to nine, then six, then three. Finally, it was a one-on-one match.
In a Spanish spelling bee - Certamen de Deletreo - Monday on the Jefferson auditorium stage, the contestants took on words that grew tougher each round. Danza, vientre and imagen gave way to cualquier, salvaje and síntomas.
The students were taking part in a new tradition. Jefferson has held a Spanish-language spelling contest for the past couple of years. But this was the first time the school teamed up with another. Principal Kimmerly Nieves plans to continue the combined contest in coming years.
"It was beautiful," Nieves said. "It shows an appreciation of the Spanish language."
The program serves the dual language program's goal of fostering fluency and literacy in both English and Spanish."Achieving proficiency in more than one language is an invaluable skill for students to develop in today's world," said Tiara Reyes-Vega, Director of Instructional Support, who oversees bilingual programs. "The Certamen de Deletreo is a great way to inspire students to work toward that goal."
"It's important that our children are literate in their native language as well as in English," said Trinity Interim Principal Ken Levy. "We never want our children to lose the ties to their homeland or their heritage. This is a fun way to motivate the children."
In the end, Del Aguila pulled ahead, finishing with the word descubrimiento. It was a second first-place finish for the champion; he won a spelling contest held with only Jefferson students in February.
His parents are raising him bilingually - his mother speaks to him in English, his father in Spanish. Before school, he watches the news in Spanish.
He has a way of dealing with the on-stage jitters. "I just look at my dad and I look at my teacher and everyone and then I feel less nervous," he said.
Aguilar's second-place finish was a testament to hard work.
“Last time, in Jefferson alone, I came in fourth place, so that made me study a lot more,” he said.
The Task Force on Reducing Violence in the Lives of Children and Youth help a public meeting in New Rochelle City Hall on April 14. You can view the meeting here.
New Rochelle Task Force Public Meeting Set for April 14
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (April 11, 2018) – New Rochelle community members will be able to address the Task Force on Reducing Violence in the Lives of Children and Youth in a public meeting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 14. The meeting will be held in the New Rochelle City Council Chambers on the first floor of New Rochelle City Hall, 515 North Ave.
Enter the building through the main entrance adjacent to the City Hall Parking Lot.
Community members can sign up in advance to speak at the meeting by emailing email@example.com. Attendees will also be able to sign up at the meeting. Those signing up to speak are asked to indicate whether they are students in the schools.
Speakers will be placed on a list in the order in which their request is received. However, students will be given priority in speaking during the first hour of the public session. Speakers are asked to bring their solution-oriented ideas and recommendations and present them concisely to allow others to have time to present their views.
“Input from the public is crucial to our mission,” said Dr. Jonathan Brice, chair of the Task Force. “Suggestions, thoughts and ideas from the public will expand our perspective of the New Rochelle community and will inform the recommendations on how we can build community-wide supports for youth and students.”
The Task Force continues to accept comments and recommendations at the email address at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In early March, the New Rochelle Board of Education established the 46-member Task Force to recommend measures to ensure the schools and community are safe, nurturing places for the children, teenagers and young adults in the city. Since then, the members have met several times and have visited schools. Members have been assigned to four working groups on the Task Force: district policies and practices, New Rochelle High School policies and practices, City of New Rochelle policies and practices, and community-based resources.
Recommendations from the Task Force are expected late in April.
Various Polling Places
7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Board of Education Offices, Central Administration
Hello NRHS friends and families,
New Rochelle High school continues its proud tradition as an award winning, comprehensive educational institution. We are a truly diverse school, with more than 3,400 students who come from over 60 countries. Although we are a large school, we excel at providing individualized attention to meet the needs of every student.
We offer a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that is aligned to the common core learning standards. Because we are committed to developing fully prepared and engaged 21st century citizens, our academic program provides students with opportunities to explore a wide variety of interests beyond the state mandated curriculum. With more than 240 different course offerings which include the performing and visual arts, business, architecture, computer science, 40 different Advanced Placement and honors classes and a nationally recognized athletics program, we have something for everyone.
I invite you to explore our website to learn about all of the opportunities that are available to NRHS students. Please feel free to contact me directly at email@example.com if you ever have any questions or concerns.
The Center for Digital Education honored New Rochelle High School for breaking new ground in the use of digital content and curriculum this past July. The award recognized the district's innovative implementation of digital curriculum based on the writing and film program created by English teacher Mr. Anthony Stripe.
The Center for Digital Education (CDE), in collaboration with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), honored the k-12 schools selected at the fourth-annual Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards (DCCAA) in Denver.
“It’s exciting to see that schools all over the country are moving from pilot projects to full-scale implementation of digital content and curriculum,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director of the Center for Digital Education. “This year’s honorees are taking the practice of education to new heights that show great promise for other districts to follow.”
DCCAA awards are presented to schools in three categories: Large District/Schools (12,000 or more students), Medium District/Schools (3,000 - 12,000 students) and Small District/Schools (up to 3,000 students).
"New Rochelle High School, with its smaller learning communities, is dedicated to developing responsible, respectful, tolerant citizens who value cultural diversity and who possess the intellectual, social and emotional independence to become lifelong learners and contributing members of a global society."