With the Mamaroneck School Board beginning to look at its placement policies, and whether factors like race and ethnicity would be criteria, it’s clear a vast divide in perspective in the community has not narrowed.
The Mamaroneck School District’s prekindergarten program, which serves primarily low-income and special needs kids, and is housed at Mamaroneck Avenue Elementary School, may be on the chopping block, parents fear. (one comment below reads, ““When I spoke with superintendent Shaps office this afternoon, I was actually surprised by how candid they were in admitting that they were considering such significant changes to the program that it merited stopping the application process indefinitely.”)
As a Mamaroneck resident wrote us in an email:
It seems that the Mamaroneck School District is considering cancelling its Pre-K program for next school year. For the past few months, the district website announced that Pre-K applications would be available beginning on Jan. 23. This week, all mention of the Pre-K application process has been removed from the site, and parents who called the Mamaroneck Avenue School are being told that the program is being reevaluated in light of the budget and applications are not being sent out.
The CO-OP camp for Mamaroneck School District elementary and middle school students this summer will once again be a full-day program rather than half-day as planned. Following a meeting Tuesday with parents – who presented letters with 200 signatures of support – Mamaroneck School District officials on Wednesday decided to reinstate the program to an 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. schedule, according to program advocates. They also reopened the CO-OP camp, which serves children who need academic support, to eighth-graders, who were going to be cut from the program this summer as well, they said. Under the plan, the camp would have focused on academics while eliminating recreational activities. According to Mariana Boneo, one of the CO-OP advocates who met with District Superintendent Dr. Robert Shaps, the camp was slated for reduction because of space issues and budget cuts.
Mamaroneck School District’s $125.3 million budget for 2011-12 is now official after winning voter approval on Tuesday. According to results released Tuesday night, 1,771 individuals voted in favor of the budget and 663 voted against it. The budget, which rings in at $125,325,971, represents a 2.59% increase over last year. The .84% property tax increase to fund that increase will cost the average homeowner in the district about $126 more per year. It is the lowest tax rate increase in more than 40 years, according to the district.