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Assistant Superintendent for Business presents proposed budget at Board of Education meeting

Assistant Superintendent for Business presents proposed budget at Board of Education meeting

Assistant Superintendent for Business Ken Silver presented the proposed 2023-2024 school year budget at the Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, March 15, 2023. The proposed budget includes a tentative 0% increase in the tax levy, with reserves, state aid, and other sources of revenue covering increases in spending.  

The total proposed budget is $269,282,490, an increase of 1.21% from this current year. Increases in spending mainly include charter school tuition (up $1,904,732), regular instruction (an increase of $1,812,468), security up $259,000), utilities ($350,000 more), transportation (up $737,700), health insurance (an increase of $1,072,00) and facilities (an increase of $2,327,000).  

The expenses covered in the proposed budget include $67,656,993 in non-negotiable mandates. These mandates include an 8% increase in health insurance for active employees and retirees, charter school increases, and other employee benefits. There is also a $1,603,072 obligation to community schools through a portion of Foundation Aid.  

Decreases to expenses include administration, which is down $294,000, and transfer to capital, which is down $2,100,000. There is also a decrease of $1,130,000 on debt service.  

The expenses include $186,581,100, or 69.23% of the budget, for programs, which includes salaries and benefits of teachers. An additional 22.16%, or $59,558,630, of the budget is allocated to capital, which includes construction and operating costs. Administrative expenses make up 8.61% of the budget and total $23,142,760.  

To support the proposed 0% tax levy increase, the budget will be balanced using restricted reserves. Major capital projects will also be paused for the year. While reserves are very low, the district is owed $11.7 million from the city in taxes that should have been collected prior to the 2020-2021 school year. The district will also work to acquire state aid to support that shortfall. 

There will be public budget presentations on April 26 and May 9. The Board of Education is scheduled to adopt the proposed budget on Friday, April 21. The public budget hearing is on May 2 at the Education Center. The budget vote will be on May 16.  

Board of Education Budget Presentation

Students and teachers posing with No Place for Hate bags and shirts

All 16 Mount Vernon City School District schools were presented with No Place for Hate (NPFH) Banners at the NPFH Banner Ceremony on Thursday, May 25, 2023. The district became the largest school district in Westchester County to have all of its schools designated as No Place for Hate. They are among the 239 NPFH schools in downstate New York.

MBK Fellows seated at table

Kevon Palmer and Levonn Latham, 11th-grade students at Mount Vernon STEAM Academy, were inducted as 2023-24 My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) fellows on Friday, May 19, 2023. The induction ceremony was held at the annual My Brother’s Keeper Symposium. They traveled to Albany, New York, where the symposium was held, with their mentors Brother Arthur Muhammad, youth development specialist, and Noel Campbell, director of career and technical education.

Josephine Kirkland-Hudson

Josephine Kirkland-Hudson has been a school social worker for close to 25 years.  She began her educational career in the Yonkers Public School system in 2000 and became the school social worker at Rebecca Turner Elementary School in 2005. Throughout her career, she has always searched for engaging and enriching programs for her students to participate in, including No Place for Hate.    

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