Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00It is with great pride and gratitude that this letter is being written.
We are the presidents of the seven executive boards of the parent organizations of the five schools, SEPTA and the coordinating council for the North Shore School District. Our main objective is to assist in improving the quality of instructional/academic programs within the schools from a parent’s perspective. As a group we strive to remain current and informed on all issues impacting our schools.
Each year at budget time there is a degree of angst as the board of education and our superintendent put forth a school budget for the upcoming year that must be voter approved. This year has been an unusually difficult year with our district facing daunting challenges as never before; how to preserve and even build upon our district’s accomplishments, while working under the guidelines of a newly instituted 2 percent tax levy cap in the face of rising, overwhelming, state- mandated costs. The district faced the prospect of cutting beloved programs as well as a significant number of faculty and administrative positions, and increasing our student’s class sizes.
In order for the North Shore School District to remain a leader and a beacon for all public schools, our teachers, along with our superintendent and board of education, worked tirelessly on negotiating the new teachers’ contract. We appreciate that our most valuable asset, our teachers, represented by their union, recognized what needed to be done in order to save positions and programs. We applaud their willingness to support our community and schools. We would like to extend our full gratitude and affection to our teachers for making it possible for our district to adopt a budget that falls within the 2 percent tax cap limit, maintains its programs, most of its positions, as well as class sizes, and permits us to continue to forge ahead as a leader of teaching 21st century skills.
Now…it is time for us, “the community,” to do our part!
We urge you to mark your calendar to vote on May 15.
On that eve, we will all rest soundly knowing that as a community, although we sometimes differ with regards to which path to take, we share the same destination goal. In the end we always find a way and unite to attack the task at hand and put forth our heartfelt best for our North Shore community.
Executive Board Presidents of the Parent Organizations
North Shore School District