Bond Question of the Week

Bond Question of the Week #3:

Q. Dr. G., when you say the majority (48%) of the proposed projects are instructional, what are the key projects at each level to make sure students are learning and growing?
A. 21st Century Learning Spaces are the key focus at all five schools that will impact all of our students. Education today is vastly different than it was 20, 10, and even 5 years ago. Students now work and learn together with teachers acting as facilitators, instructing how to access, filter and use information.

• Today, learning spaces must allow and encourage all students, no matter their learning style, to collaborate, communicate, create, and think critically.
• The proposed bond will focus on transforming the more traditional libraries at each school to technologically advanced library media centers.

At the elementary level:

• Each school will receive a complete renovation to the library
• Each will also have a STEAM lab
• Select classrooms and support areas will receive full or partial renovations

At North Shore Middle School:

• A new tiered student Commons/Flexible Instructional Learning Space
• Renovations to the following areas:
• Math and Science Labs
• Coding Labs
• STEAM Lab,
• FACS Lab
• Band and Practice Rooms
• Creation of a New Ensemble Space for the choir

At North Shore High School, there will be renovations and modifications to:


• Media and Arts Labs
• Choral, Band, and Orchestra Rooms
• Life Skills Lab
• World Language Classroom
• Wood Shop
• Robotics Lab
• Renovated Men's and Women's locker rooms
• Additionally, the reorganization of classrooms will create greater synergies and collaboration between math and sciences, and among humanities classes.

Stay tuned for next week's question. If you missed last week's question, you can access it and much more information on our North Shore Schools Website. Please join me on Thursday, November 21st, for a Bond Building Tour at North Shore High School at 5:30 pm. Following there will be a Board of Education meeting in the high school library at 7:45 pm. Please join us!
Lastly, the North Shore Vikings will take on Plainedge High School tonight at 7:30 PM at Hofstra University in the County Quarterfinals in football. I hope to see you there. In addition wish our Women's Cross County Team your very best as they travel to Plattsburgh, NY to compete in the NYS Championships.

Go Vikings, Go!!!
Very truly yours,

Dr. Peter Giarrizzo
Superintendent of Schools

Bond Question of the Week #2

Q. "I'm all for safety and security, Dr. G., but it is also so important to me that my child's school be accessible and welcoming. What are your plans to make this happen?"
A. This is such an important question and has always been at the forefront of our planning. The best security measures are noticeable without interfering with the general operations of the facility. We have set out to achieve that goal. Each school will have a secure entrance vestibule included in the primary design. They will be staffed by the existing security staff who not only greet our students upon entry but know them and their families by name. Those personal connections are what make our schools special and the objective of the secure entrance vestibule will be designed to vet visitors to our schools before they are given access.  
We will also be building upon and expanding our existing video surveillance system enhancements, intrusion alarm and card access system upgrades, and door replacements across the District.
Stay tuned for next week's question.  If you missed last week's question, you can access it and much more information on our North Shore Schools Website.  


If you haven't done so yet, please mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 13th at 7 PM when all of our parent groups will host a District-Wide Parent Organization Meeting at Glenwood Landing School Auditorium.  This is the very first time our parent groups are coming together to speak with the community about their events, accomplishments, and future plans. I am very excited to be their Guest Speaker. Come learn about the good work that's happening and get informed about the upcoming projects we are proposing!  Children are invited to a Pajama Storytime in the GWL Library, facilitated by NSHS students.  Drop off is at 6:50 PM.

 

Enjoy this beautiful day!!

With warmest regards,
Peter Giarrizzo, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools

 

Bond Question of the Week #1

Dear North Shore Parents, Community Members, and Faculty,

December 10, 2019 will be the day that we ask our taxpayers to vote upon the proposed bond referendum. From now until then, I will be publishing the answer to a weekly question of the week that is important for you to understand and one that we hear of frequently within the community.    

Q. What the heck does tax neutral really mean and how can it possibly be that the proposed North Shore Bond is tax neutral?
A. The primary assumption made in planning this bond has been to achieve a payment schedule that remains flat from year to year. The bond payments from the 1999 Bond Referendum retired in the 2018-2019 fiscal year. In addition, two more bonds will retire in 2022-2023 and then again in 2025-2026. Our Board directed us to keep the projected principal and interest payments from this proposed bond AT or LESS than the amounts that are being retired. By doing so, the projected new annual bond payments will be at or less than all three of the retiring bonds combined.

We now have a very unique funding opportunity that will allow us to address significant and substantial needs in infrastructure, safety and security, health and wellness, and our use of instructional space. Here is how the funding will work over the next five years. You will see that on balance, the impact to the taxpayers is essentially flat or neutral.

This proposed referendum is a major investment in our schools and facts are important. It is a process that has involved years of planning, research and much community input. The implementation will involve even more planning and a competitive bidding process to ensure that we get the most value for our spending. As always, if you have a questions, please contact me directly or join me at any number of upcoming events. This week, there is Coffee and Conversation at my office at 9:30 am.  If you would like to join me on a building tour this Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 10 am, please RSVP to Betty Ciampi at ciampb@northshoreschools.org by Thursday morning, at 9 am.  For more information on the bond, please visit http://www.northshoreschools.org/boe/bond.html

Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 13th at 7 pm at North Shore High School where our parent organizations will host a information night on the bond via a short presentation in the Theatre and small group break-out informational sessions in the Cafeteria.  I hope that you can join us!!

Stay tuned for more information and next week's Bond Question!


Very truly yours,
Peter Giarrizzo, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools