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Letter: A Message From The North Shore School District Board of Education

We are very fortunate to have a community that is committed to our schools. Thanks to your strong support, the excellent achievements of our students in academics, the arts, and athletics have been recognized as among the best in the country. In addition, proactive fiscal planning and careful oversight by our trustees has continued to result in a strong financial position for the district - we remain in a better financial position this year than many other school districts.

In January, we made a decision to stay within the New York State cap on the allowable tax levy limit. Trustees cut an additional $1.45 million from the initial budget draft. The adopted budget for 2012-13 (Proposition 1) represents a 1.85 percent increase from last year - the smallest budget-to-budget percentage increase in two decades.

Under the new New York State legislation, if the community fails to pass a budget twice, the district by law will be forced to adopt a budget with the same or lower tax levy as the previous year. This will result in drastic cuts in positions and programs for our schools.

We heard the voices of our community members and responded in a way that is the best for our children, parents, and North Shore residents. Trustees would like to acknowledge and thank the faculty for their role in reaching a historic agreement that will enable the school district to reinstate crucial positions and programs that were threatened under the New York State property tax levy limit.

We value your continued support in making the North Shore Schools strong. During these challenging times, it is imperative for all of our community members to learn the facts and stay involved. Please remember to vote on Tuesday, May 15 in the NS High School gym, from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.

The North Shore Schools Board of Education