BOE Adopts Budget


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North Shore Board Adopts 2020-21 Budget Proposal             
Below the Maximum Allowable NY State Cap Increase for the North Shore Schools

On February 6, 2020 Superintendent Dr. Peter Giarrizzo presented the initial 2020-21 Budget Proposal to the North Shore Board of Education. During the months of February and March, trustees reviewed the budget items line-by-line. At the school Board meeting on March 26, 2020, trustees adopted the 2020-21 Budget proposal totaling $110,315,208.77, representing an increase of 2.33% from last year. This is below the maximum allowable NY State tax cap increase for the North Shore School District for 2020-21, which according to NY State law is 2.33%.

Superintendent Dr. Giarrizzo reiterated that there are many factors that influenced the development of the operating budget (most are out of the control of the school district). Supervision of Instruction, Regular Instruction, Special Education, and Health Insurance Benefits comprise the majority or 73.10% of the budget. The primary drivers include a contractual increase in salaries of 3.14% for all employees and an increase of .82% in required district contribution to NYS Teachers’ Retirement System, representing an increase of $400,852.50 of the 2020-21 member payroll.

Dr. Peter Giarrizzo confirmed that favorable and equitable class sizes will be maintained across the three elementary schools and all existing academic and athletic programs will remain in place. Additionally, he discussed that at the high school the International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) will serve as the core curriculum in combination with a strong program in Advanced Placement (AP) to enable all students to achieve at high levels. 

Budget Goals and Drivers
Align the goals with District's Shared Valued Outcomes (SVO's) AND the three pillars of the District's Strategic Plan

The 2020-21 Budget Goals include the following:

  • Remain sensitive to the fiscal pressures faced by the North Shore community
  • Stay within the York State tax levy cap
  • Provide a safe and healthy learning environment for students and staff
  • Address areas of social emotional learning and wellness of all students
  • Comply with all New York State and Federal mandates


  • General and Special Education Programs
  • Athletics Programs
  • Arts Programs
  • Extracurricular Programs
  • Class sizes at or below established guidelines


  • To provide Professional Development to enhance teaching and learning
  • To upgrade Technology and infrastructure

An Investment in Our Students, Schools, and Shared Values
As presented over the years, the North Shore Schools has worked hard to implement the Shared Valued Outcomes (SVOs). This work has strengthened the district’s approaches to learning and refined teaching practices. As a result, student achievement has been among the highest within the region, desirable class size has been preserved, and the North Shore Schools remain structured and supported with the necessary resources for children to excel academically, socially, creatively, and athletically. The 2020-21 budget will continue to support inquiry-based learning, collaboration, communication, innovation, problem solving, and the development of strong content knowledge. In addition to the three pillars of the 2018-2023 Strategic Plan including Teaching and Learning, Equity for All Learners, and Social-Emotional Learning.

To see Dr. Giarrizzo’s complete 2020-21 initial budget presentation and comprehensive budget book/narrative, please visit under the Budget/Financial Information section on the homepage. Please visit the BOE video section of the school website to view past Board of Education meetings. By executive order, Budget Vote and the elections have been postponed until June 16, 2020.
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