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North Shore budget vote, trustee election this Tuesday

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The annual budget vote and trustee election for the North Shore School District takes place this Tuesday, May 21 in the North Shore High School gym from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Board of Education President Sara Jones, of Sea Cliff, is seeking re-election, as is Vice President David Ludmar, of Glenwood Landing, and Trustee Marianne Russo, of Glen Head. Jones and Russo are each seeking a third, three-year term, and Ludmar, his second. Jerry Romano is running for the first time, and Anthony Stanco, who ran for trustee last year, is also on the ballot. Both are from Sea Cliff.

The community will vote on two budget propositions. The first is to approve the $107.8 million adopted budget, which reflects a 2.8 percent increase from the previous year. Its major drivers include central services, regular instruction and special education.

Some line items in the budget support the district’s strategic five-year plan. Its goals are to enhance social emotional learning, build a more contemporary teaching and learning environment and address achievement gaps to improve equity and diversity district-wide.

Also on the ballot is a proposition to reduce transportation eligibility for students in grades 6-12 from the existing one-mile limit to a three-quarter-mile limit at the beginning of the upcoming school year to increase ridership at no additional cost to the district.