Thursday, June 4, 2020

Dear North Shore Parents, Community Members, and Faculty,

Good afternoon, North Shore! I often hear about how our per pupil expenses are higher than other places and I have written to the programmatic reasons for why over the course of the week. I have also spent time addressing the appropriate use of Reserves. Today, I want to share information about our tax rate, learning rate and student-teacher ratios.  Our success is tied to our programming, the strength of our teachers, and the engagement of our students. If the budget were to fail, we will be required to remove $2,680,974 in programming and staffing. While this will lead to reduced spending, it will also lead to larger class sizes and significant reductions in programming across every facet of the District, including the academic, athletic, and extra-curricular program.
If approved, the annual increase in taxes to homes of the below values are as follows:
Full Value                          Annual Increase in Taxes
$500,000                               $436 per year or $36 per month
$700,000                               $611 per year or $51 per month
$1,000,000                            $872 per year or $73 per month
$1,500,000                            $1,308 per year or $109 per month         
* Please note: These numbers may vary based on the actual assessed value of your house

Q. Dr. G, can you give us an update on how North Shore tax rates compare to other towns in the Town of Oyster Bay?
A. North Shore's tax rates per $1,000 of full market value are the 4th lowest in the Town of Oyster Bay according to the most recently available data from NYS's Office of Real Property Tax Services. Please see the chart below detailing school tax rate data and tax levy data from 2019 in Nassau County.


Q. Earlier this week, your budget blast covered cost per student comparisons, do you have other data comparing our learning trends, student-teacher ratios, and socio-economic status to our neighboring districts?
A. There are many ways to compare districts. As you can see from this chart below that includes North Shore and these four neighbors. Here's a different perspective: The comparison districts have a higher socio-economic status, and yet we have the highest learning growth rate and best upward trend on scores. Moreover, we have by far the best student teacher ratio while staying in the middle of the pack on tax rates.


We have seen and heard of misinformation within the community. We encourage you to get the facts and stay informed.  We are always available to answer any further questions. I will be hosting my last virtual Community Budget Meeting on Monday, June 8, 2020 at 7 pm. A link for this meeting and call in number will be available on our website. For more budget information, please see the budget/financial section at
As a reminder, in order for them to be counted, absentee ballots are due back to the Central Office by June 9, 2020, no later than 5 pm.

All the best,
Dr. Peter Giarrizzo
Superintendent of Schools