Board of Education Adopts 2019-20 Budget
Trustees agree not to exceed the tax levy cap
Dear Community Members,
After months of reviewing the budget line items page-by-page, the Board of Education unanimously adopted the 2019-20 Budget Proposal on March 28, 2019, which is in alignment with the district’s goals, mission statement, and three pillars of the strategic plan including Teaching and Learning, Equity for All Learners, and Social and Emotional Learning. To remain sensitive to fiscal pressures faced by the community, our trustees agreed earlier this year not to exceed the tax levy cap. Highlights include:
- High School Enhancements include: Introduction of FIRST (For Inspiration and Regulation of Science and Technology) to enhance STEM education through coding, electronics and robotics, new electives in computer science, and an introduction to the first Health Science Competition geared to Nassau/Suffolk high school students.
- Middle School Enhancements include: An elective coding course for all middle school students, digital portfolios to chronicle and archive educational experiences, introduction of ProQuest database to increase students’ access to scholarly research, and an increase in media and literacy experiences with electives that focus on bringing out student voice and perspective.
- Elementary Enhancements include: The First Lego League Junior Challenge Competitions, Global Connection Club, Young Math Minds and Young Scientist Club and The Power of One Program to enhance Social and Emotional Learning.
- Safety and Security Upgrades include: Health & Safety consultant, BOCES camera monitoring system, LED lights around perimeter of GH and pole lights at the HS parking lot, a new gate at the front entrance of GWL, and fence repairs at HS.
- Upgrade to School Buses: Student issued ID cards to board school buses, installation of card readers on all buses, and retrofit of cameras on 15 large buses.
- Special Education: A systematic plan for the implementation of a full day integrated co-teaching model in grades K-3 to reinforce learning.
Staffing and Technology to Enhance Teaching and Learning include:
- Addition of one Health and Wellness teacher for all three elementary schools.
- Addition of one Guidance Counselor for all three elementary schools.
- Addition of one Special Education teacher.
- Expansion of Chromebooks to incoming grades 5 and 9.
- 21st Century Learning Spaces to enhance collaborative learning.
On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, the community will vote on Proposition 1, a total budget of $107,799,955 representing a budget-to-budget increase of 2.795% from last year and a 2.630% tax levy increase. The maximum levy increase permitted is 2.701%. Other revenues excluding property taxes such as the LIPA payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT) and State Aid are estimated at $19,449,225.
Proposition 2 - Reduction of Transportation Distance Limits
Also, on the ballot will be Proposition 2 - Transportation Distance Limits. The Board of Education of the North Shore Central School District is asking permission to reduce its public school transportation eligibility at the beginning of the 2019-20 school year for Grades 6-12 students only from the existing one (1) mile limit to a new three-quarters (.75) mile limit at no additional cost to the district to increase ridership. The school district must seek community approval prior to modifying its public transportation distance limit.
The deadline for Board of Education Candidate Petitions is Monday, April 22, 2019 in the Central Office (112 Franklin Avenue) by 5 p.m. Meet the Candidates Night will be Wednesday, May 1, in the North Shore High School Cafeteria at 8 p.m. Upcoming Board of Education meetings will take place in the HS Library at 7:45 p.m. (unless stated otherwise) May 9 (Board of Education Budget Reading), May 30 (HS Theatre), and June 13 (HS Theatre).
Voter Registration for the school budget will take place on Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Central Office, 112 Franklin Avenue, Sea Cliff. Voter Registration forms are available at our schools in each of the main offices or in the Central Office (address above). The Budget Vote/Election of Trustees is on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in the North Shore High School Gymnasium from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. By law, we will be providing all budget materials mailed to our residents in English and Spanish this year.
A New Look: Our New Website
Additionally, if you have not seen it yet, the North Shore Schools website at www.northshoreschools.org was upgraded to allow for larger photos and a more contemporary look without changing the navigation for ease of use at no cost to the district. Information regarding the school budget and voter registration can be found on the new district website in the Budget/Financial section of the Board of Education web page at http://www.northshoreschools.org/boe/Budget.html. Please note, updates and fixes are continuing to the new school website. Please refresh your internet browsers and if you have any concerns contact Shelly Newman at email@example.com.
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During the next two months, I will be going out to many parent organization meetings to answer questions about the budget as well as attending informational budget coffees to speak to our community members. If you would like to host a budget coffee at your home, please contact Shelly Newman. In addition, I will be arranging several Community Coffees at our local restaurants where you can engage in budget talks, grab a bite, and/or buy a cup of coffee to help support our local businesses. These will be announced in the near future.
We encourage you to stay informed about the budget and learn the facts. Please get involved and ask questions. We look forward to seeing you at many of our upcoming budget coffees, board meetings, and school events.
Dr. Peter Giarrizzo Superintendent of Schools