EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – At the school year's final meeting, Bronxville School Board members looked back on the past year's accomplishments and ahead toward what the future holds for the district.
This year’s successful budget process and the district’s five-year capital plan were among the topics board members evaluated as they prepare to enter the summer.
“As part of our longer term mission to control the cost of operating this school across all divisions, the board – with the administration – has once again balanced excellent academic programming with prudent financial management,” said Board President David Brashear.
“After a decade where costs have essentially doubled, we have been able to bend the cost curve back a bit and our plan received overwhelming support,” he said.
Brashear applauded the board and staff for the work they put into the budget , maintaining critical programs and remaining innovative even while operating on a shoestring budget.
He cited the number of projects the district was able to start this year, including improving the school's infrastructure, the proposed turf field , upgrades at Scout Field and the upgraded flood mitigation plan.
“Much of our building is very old, but it is gradually being refreshed. After much fact finding and planning, the district set out to renovate the middle school science wing and school auditorium,” Brashear said.
“We have moved substantially in the direction of putting in place a robust flood mitigation system in an effort to protect our school from the risk of future floods,” he said.
The board also recognized two reparting members for their hard work, Pierre de Saint Phalle and Ruth Wood. James Hudson will replace Wood, who resigned after one year on the job.
“It’s important to reiterate the Board’s support of the educational mission of the school and curriculum we deliver across all three divisions,” Brashear said.
“We have been committed to improving our educational product wherever possible, and we have appreciated the administration’s work to resolve issues and seek ways to expand opportunities,” he said.