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District invests $1 million in student furniture

Superintendent Dr. Eric Jay Rosser with SSTAR teacher Nicole Sprague. Superintendent Dr. Eric Jay Rosser meets with Social Skill and Total Communication Access Room teacher Nicole Sprague at Morse Elementary School.

The Poughkeepsie City School District continues with its plan to transform its schools to be top-notch 21st Century learning environments for its students. We are starting the process off by overhauling the infrastructures of all PCSD schools, transforming the look of these community edifices, with $1 million in upgrades to student furniture throughout the entire district.

“I am excited for our PCSD students, those presently attending and those who will attend in the future, for what their instructional spaces will be transformed into. With the excess dollars realized this academic year, we are able to accomplish a goal set for next school year, and kick off a three-year furniture upgrade project,” Superintendent Dr. Eric Jay Rosser, said, adding that in many buildings furniture had not been replaced in more than 50 years.

He said this is another step in the district’s commitment to meeting the academic needs of our 21st century students.

Over the past three weeks, district leadership surveyed each school to create a priority list for year one of this project. Instructional areas inclusive of classrooms, library/media centers, and school cafeterias will benefit from the initial investment. An emphasis on upgrading the furniture of students in the district autism program Social Skill and Total Communication Access Room (SSTAR) is a high priority of the district as it services some of the district’s neediest students. Students in the program are provided with daily language support and direct instruction along with the use of multisensory learning approaches and daily opportunities to practice social skills.

The breakdown of funds by school is:

Clinton: $69,598

ELC: $81,825

Krieger: $116,859

Morse: $128,615

PHS: $278,862

PMS: $236,774

Warring: $87,468


Funding for each school was calculated by a per pupil allocation. In September, students and teachers, will be able to enjoy the new look of instructional spaces across PCSD.