YONKERS, NY — June 20, 2019 — The Yonkers Board of Education adopted the 2019-2020 School District Budget at the Wednesday, June 19, 2019 Stated Meeting. By unanimous vote, the Trustees approved a $633,050,499 budget. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Edwin M. Quezada presented a balanced budget noting the District received $628,450,499 from the City of Yonkers adopted budget and $4,600,000 in approved non-capital improvement plan requests that include library and text books, technology and software, classroom furniture, as well as Special Education, sports and facilities maintenance equipment.
“This is a historical year for education in Yonkers,” stated Board of Education President, Rev. Steve Lopez. For the first time the school district received a $12 million increase to the Maintenance of Effort. These recurring funds are critically important to address the District’s annual budget structural challenges due to significant non-recurring revenue. Rev. Lopez noted, “Mayor Mike Spano and the City Council fulfilled their commitment to our community and took actions providing a pro-children pro-education budget allocation. Thank you, on behalf of our students, families and staff.”
Dr. Quezada added, “To get where we are today took a lot work and I feel comfortable with the budget presented to the Trustees. Throughout this budget process there was tremendous collaboration among the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, City’s Finance team, the Council President and Council Members who worked collaboratively with the Trustees and my team. Everyone was fully engaged in doing what is right for children. The City’s budget also includes funding for Yonkers My Brother’s Keeper, YMCA SNUG anti-violence program and urgently needed school building repairs. These are significant contributions to the health and welfare of our children.”
SOURCE: Jerilynne Fierstein | Communications Officer | Public Information Yonkers Public Schools