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School District Budget Events

On Tuesday, May 21, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., qualified residents of the Great Neck Public School District may vote on the proposed 2013–2014 school budget. Voting will take place at the E.M. Baker School, 69 Baker Hill Road, in the multi-purpose room (for voters who reside north of the LIRR), and at the William A. Shine-South High School, 341 Lakeville Road, in the west gym (for voters residing south of the LIRR). Additional budget information follows.

Preliminary Budget

Copies of the 2013–14 preliminary budget for the Great Neck Public Schools will be available as of Friday, March 1, at the Office of the District Clerk, Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Road, school days, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will also be on the district website (greatneck.k12.ny.us) and distributed at budget meetings (listed below). Reference copies may be perused in each public school and in the Great Neck Library, all branches.

Budget Meetings And Adoption

Budget meetings are scheduled during March, April, and May. Weekday meetings follow student recognitions, which begin at 7:30 p.m. Meeting dates, times, and school locations are: 

Monday, March 11, 7:30 p.m., North High, 35 Polo Road (informal budget hearing)

Saturday, April 6, 9:30 a.m., South High, 341 Lakeville Road (budget discussion with administrative staff)

Monday, April 8, 7:30 p.m., South High, 341 Lakeville Road (informal budget hearing)

Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., North Middle, 77 Polo Road (official budget hearing and adoption of Proposed 2013–14 Budget)

Monday, May 13, 7:30 p.m., South Middle, 349 Lakeville Road (budget discussion only).

Residents are encouraged to attend the Budget Meetings and to respond to the Preliminary Budget. Firm decisions on the budget will not be made until the board listens to the community’s concerns.

Voter Registration

Residents who have voted in any school or general election since 2009 are automatically registered to vote in the school election on May 21. Residents who have not voted since 2009, or are not registered, may register at the Office of the District Clerk, Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Road, on school days, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents must be 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the United States, and have lived in the district for at least 30 days. Registration deadline is Thursday, May 16.

Absentee Ballot Applications

Qualified, registered voters can obtain applications for absentee ballots from the district Web site (greatneck.k12.ny.us, click on budget, then choose absentee ballot) or from the Office of the District Clerk, Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Road, on school days, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Residents who are qualified voters and whose registration records have been marked “permanently disabled” by the Board of Elections will automatically receive absentee ballots. Completed absentee ballots must be received by the district clerk no later than 5 p.m., on Tuesday, May 21.

For Further Information

For additional information about the 2013–14 school budget, voter registration, and/or absentee ballots, please call the assistant superintendent for business, at 441-4020, on school days.


News

The recent adoption the Common Core Learning Standards, a rigorous series of teacher and student assessment testing, and the potential sharing of confidential student information with third parties have resulted in a radical change in the educational landscape in New York State—one that many parents have been concerned about.

To address these growing concerns, the Great Neck School District’s United Parent Teacher Council recently hosted a question and answer session at South High School with New York State Regent Roger Tilles, a Great Neck resident who has been outspoken with both his support of content the Common Core and his disapproval in how the new set of learning standards have been implemented.

At a meeting last week, after almost four hours of back and forth between Clover Drive residents, the attorney representing builder Frank Lalazarian’s controversial Old Mill II project and members of the Village of Great Neck’s Planning Board, there was very little progress, no vote taken and far more questions than answers.

The subdivision plan, a project under discussion for the last five years and recently approved by the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals, calls for 11 houses to be built in the area behind the Old Mill Apartments, with sole access from Clover Drive. Complicating the builder’s efforts to gain approval to start building is the fact that one of the lots is within the boundaries of Great Neck Estates and will require that village’s approval also.  Additionally, Lalazarian’s project must gain the approval of several Nassau County agencies, including its department of public works, department of health and planning commission.


Sports

The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.

Great Neck’s Ayal Hod is the proud coach of Great Neck’s winning Top Gun sixth grade team in the Island Garden Fall League. Hod puts together the team every season, mixing local youngsters from Great Neck and children son Dillon’s AAU Jamaica Queens team. The league is very competitive and challenging and it teaches the children many valuable lessons: “how to be great teammates by sharing the ball, how to compete hard on every possession and what you put in is what you get out.”

Hod says that the main challenge is for every child to bring their individual talent to the team and collectively they have something special. an ex-player, he says that “basketball was very good to me, it helped pay my college education and it  paid my-bills for many years to come via several basketball commercials ... basketball also opened many doors for me and it helped me tremendously in my business career.”

Hod enjoys sharing his basketball journey background with his son and his friends and having them learn lessons too.


Calendar

Park District Swim

Saturday, Dec. 7

Board of Education Meeting

Monday, Dec. 9

Peter Max Exhibit Presentation

Tuesday, December 10



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