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Rochester City School District superintendent pushes for funding in Albany

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Over the last several weeks, New York State has held a number of hearings to allow the public to weigh in on Governor Kathy Hochul’s proposed 2024 – 2025 Executive Budget.

Thursday, the topic was elementary and secondary education.

Dr. Carmine Peluso, the RCSD superintendent, spoke about how Rochester city schools could use more help. Among his requests: reinstating the $1.2 million Rochester School Health Service grant funds, which were removed from the governor’s budget.

“With the expiration of federal stimulus funds in September, school districts must scale back on staffing and services used to support students, and learning coming out of COVID,” Peluso said. “One of our areas of critical need is the mental health and emotional state of our students and staff. Our district provides valuable health services to our school community.”

Peluso also asked for another round of funding from the Smart Schools Bond Act to continue the district’s work in making tech improvements, and cyber security investments. Additionally, with an influx of asylum-seeking families here in Rochester, Peluso asked for more funding to address the needs of those students.

​ ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Over the last several weeks, New York State has held a number of hearings to allow the public to weigh in on Governor Kathy Hochul’s proposed 2024 – 2025 Executive Budget.

Thursday, the topic was elementary and secondary education.

Dr. Carmine Peluso, the RCSD superintendent, spoke about how Rochester city schools could use more help. Among his requests: reinstating the $1.2 million Rochester School Health Service grant funds, which were removed from the governor’s budget.

“With the expiration of federal stimulus funds in September, school districts must scale back on staffing and services used to support students, and learning coming out of COVID,” Peluso said. “One of our areas of critical need is the mental health and emotional state of our students and staff. Our district provides valuable health services to our school community.”

Peluso also asked for another round of funding from the Smart Schools Bond Act to continue the district’s work in making tech improvements, and cyber security investments. Additionally, with an influx of asylum-seeking families here in Rochester, Peluso asked for more funding to address the needs of those students. Read More RochesterRochesterFirst  

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