After months of reviewing the budget page-by-page, the North Shore Board of Education unanimously adopted the 2016-17 Budget Proposal on March 31. Earlier this year, trustees agreed not to exceed the cap. On May 17, the community will vote on Proposition 1 (the 2016-17 School Budget Proposal) and Proposition 2 (the Capital Reserve Proposal)
The 2016-17 budget proposal is $99,494,105.15, representing a budget-to-budget increase of 1.96 percent. The projected tax levy (the amount that is collected in local property taxes) is estimated at $84,498,092. Revenues including the LIPA payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT) are estimated at $14,996,013. The 2016-17 budget proposal maintains all current instructional, extra-curricular, and interscholastic programs.
Also on the ballot is Proposition 2. The district is asking for permission to establish a Capital Reserve Fund for a period of 10 years that will be funded up to a maximum of $8.5 million. If approved, the reserve will include the following building projects:
• Glen Head School: Replacement of 1995 boilers and 1950 septic tanks; renovation to the nurse’s office; air conditioning in the library and cafeteria
• Glenwood Landing School: Replacement of 1950 septic tanks, exterior doors, and interior ceramic tiles; air conditioning in the library and auditorium
• Sea Cliff School: Replace windows on the second floor, exhaust fans in the halls and stairways; new flooring in the 1st and 2nd floor classrooms on the east side of the building; walk-in refrigerator and freezer; air conditioning in the cafeteria
• Middle School: Renovate boys and girls locker room; air conditioning in the cafeteria
• High School: Entire cafeteria ceiling/LED lighting; replace sidewalks in the rear of the buildings and around the courtyard; air conditioning in the gymnasium
• Central Office: Re-pipe existing hot water heating system; excavate and waterproof entire perimeter of the building and foundation; install new generator to power building; level floors
Instead of incorporating the costs for these capital projects into future budgets which likely increases property taxes, a Capital Reserve Fund enables the completion of these projects without increasing the annual budget.
All of the information on the budget can be viewed online, under the Board of Education section on the North Shore Schools’ website at www.northshoreschools.org, where the minutes and videos of recent board meetings are also posted. If you have questions, contact your trustees at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a resident and would like to receive emails from the NS Schools, please send your email address to Superintendent Dr. Edward Melnick at email@example.com or visit the central office at 112 Franklin Ave. in Sea Cliff.