CHEEKTOWAGA – Assemblymember Monica P. Wallace and Maryvale Superintendent Joseph D’Angelo announced an additional $250,000 in state funding for the Maryvale School District Wednesday morning.
Maryvale plans to use the funding to provide transportation to academic and enrichment programs, establish 11 Advanced Placement courses and electives at the high school, repair and replace instruments for the music program, and train faculty and staff in restorative justice practices.
The school district has been subject to a decrease in state funding based on calculations from 2008. Since then, Maryvale’s poverty level has been increased to a current level of 51%.
“Over the past decade, there have been tremendous cuts to the budget, and because of those cuts, we had offered pretty much the minimum in our music program, and all programs really. Part of the consequence of those budgets, we couldn’t maintain our musical instrument inventory,” said Mr. D’Angelo.
Most of Maryvale’s instruments date back to the 1960’s and the cost to repair them are higher because of their original manufactured quality. Around 35 high school students and 95 middle school students who play an instrument will benefit from the improved and replaced instruments.
Mr. D’Angelo says before this funding, the high school was only able to offer one advanced placement course in U.S. History. This funding now allows Maryvale to expand AP classes to every content area which Ms. Wallace says is important.
“My son, when he graduates is probably going to be at least a semester ahead which is going to give him the opportunity to reduce his college costs, and we want that opportunity for every student here,” said Ms. Wallace.
Around 350 students who attend after-school programs will benefit from funding secured to provide after-school busing.
“This is an investment in the students of Maryvale. It’s making sure they have the tools and resources they need to succeed. It’s a long-term investment in a strong labor force, strong communities, and in strong families. All New Yorkers benefit from educational investments like this,” said Ms. Wallace.