YONKERS — A $5.2 million capital infusion will enable city schools to buy textbooks and classroom equipment while restoring music, art and junior varsity sports in the coming school year.
The City Council unanimously agreed this week to authorize the funds as an addition to the $75 million Yonkers capital budget it approved May 31 for the 2013-14 fiscal year.
Budget woes have forced the schools to cut art, music and J.V. sports in recent years. But officials decided last month that they could reinstate the programs by shifting funds for books and equipment from the operating budget into the capital plan.
Separately, council members have pledged to steer millions in anticipated state aid to restore full-day prekindergarten, pending a detailed analysis by the district of its space needs later this summer.
The city’s new fiscal year begins July 1.