Rye Neck School Budget Passes

Members of the Rye Neck Union Free School District voted to approve the 2018-2019 school budget, which keeps the district under the New York State tax levy cap for the seventh consecutive year. The $41.37 million budget was approved by a vote of 513 to 153, a 77 percent passage rate.

“Thanks to our community’s tremendous support, we are able to make an important investment in our schools and students’ future,” Superintendent of Schools Dr. Barbara Ferraro said. “Our budget illustrates the district’s commitment to comprehensive, student-focused instructional programs and preserves K-12 art and music programs, as well as athletic and extracurricular activities.” 

The approved plan will enhance safety and security measures at all schools, which include funding for a full-time safety monitor at each elementary school, security training and drills, investment in advanced building and communication technology, and exterior security spaces such as gates, access control, lighting and fencing. It also expands STEAM initiatives, including a mix of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, to provide students with additional tools and opportunities to succeed and thrive in a rapidly changing world. Additionally, the budget preserves schoolwide enrichment opportunities, addresses enrollment and programmatic-driven staffing needs, and continues cutting-edge, research-based learning initiatives for students and staff.

Aside from passing the budget, voters elected two members of the community to serve on the Board of Education, including president Patty Nashelsky, who was re-elected, and Steve Silva, who was elected to serve his first term on the board.