Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Our schools have been recognized as among the best in the country for the excellent achievements of our students in academics, the arts, and athletics.
In January, we agreed to stay within the N.Y. State cap on the allowable tax levy limit, needing approval of a majority vote to pass. The adopted budget for 2013-14 (Proposition 1) represents a 3.84 percent increase from last year.
Under N.Y. 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—essentially a zero percent cap. This will result in cuts of almost $3 million from the 2013-14 Budget Proposal affecting positions and programs.
Additionally, trustees were very active in Albany this March. As a first step towards a solution to the loss of the tax base as it relates to the LIPA power plant, the school district will receive an allocation of $2.5 million from the state.
It is imperative for all of our community members to learn the facts and stay involved. Please attend upcoming board meetings and Budget Coffees. The Budget Vote/Election of Trustees is on Tuesday, May 21, in the North Shore High School Gym at 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. For more budget information, please visit www.northshoreschools.org. We welcome any questions.
—The North Shore Board of Education