Board of Education approves $1B budget for RCSD

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Board of Education approved next school year’s budget for the Rochester City School District on Tuesday night.

This is the first time in the board’s 130-year history that the district’s budget has exceeded $1 billion. Superintendent Dr. Carmine Peluso presented the budget in April. He said the budget is balanced, aligned, and targeted.

The budget now moves on to Rochester City Council for approval and a vote is set for June. The budget is a 4.5% increase from the current budget. The district is using $5 million in appropriated funds to close that budget gap.

More than $196 million in the budget comes from American Rescue Plan money awarded to the school district since 2020. This will be the last year of COVID-19 relief funds.