The 2014-2015 Proposed Mamaroneck School District Budget adopted Tuesday evening by the Board of Education has come with a lawsuit against members of the Mamaroneck Board of Education and Superintendent Robert Shaps, challenging the District’s recently approved busing policy.
The group Fairness for All Kids says it took the legal action because “Education Law § 3635(1) requires non-city school districts – including the Mamaroneck school district – to provide transportation services to all resident children living within aspecified mile range of their school, whether they attend public, religious or private school. However, the District’s new Student Transportation Policy 8412 – which was adopted by the Mamaroneck Board of Education on April 8, 2014 – reverses the District’s long-standing practice of providing transportation by private carrier to students in grades 9-12, and requires nonpublic school students as young as 13-years-old to travel to and from school via public transportation.”
The group claims The District has also stated its intention to dismantle the busing program for middle school children in the future.
Highlights of the proposed budget include:
Yellow bus transportation will be eliminated for some high school students attending non-public
Proposes moving to full day Kindergarten District
Expands on the current dual language English-Spanish Kindergarten classes, bringing the dual language program into two 1st grade classes (no additional teaching staff required)
High school computer science classes offered to include the full sequence of Computer Science I, Computer Science II, AP Computer Science and Robotics classes,
Adds a new Advanced Placement English course at Mamaroneck High School
Institutes a new 5th grade “capstone” project – a culmination of the elementary school experience requiring student research, collaboration and presentation
Providing District-leased iPads to 10th grade students
Expands the District-wide integrated co-teaching model for special and regular education students.
“This year’s budget reductions amount to nearly $2 million in cumulative savings,” according to a District press release, “following on the heels of several years of reductions that have included the elimination of more than 40 staff positions since the ’11-’12 school year budget.”
Residents can vote on the proposed budget Tuesday, May 20th at one’slocal elementary school.