Opening of Schools 2002-03
Each year for the past 20 years, I've had the pleasure of writing in anticipation of a new school year. Each year for the past 20 years, I've often been surprised by what has actually happened. Last year's tragedy was so profound that its effects have yet to be fully understood. In other years, our schools have had to react to external events such as the stock market crash in October 1987; the state's mid-year deficit reduction plan in 1991-92 during which the district lost half of its budgeted state aid; asbestos, asbestos, asbestos in the '80s and '90s; heightened environmental awareness leading to oil tank removal, integrated pest management, and lead abatement in the '90s; the issue of a Charter School in 1998; the West Nile Virus scare in 1999; Columbine in 1999, leading to increased school security concerns; and a series of "Regents Action Plans." Each year, the political response to these events has meant ever-increasing centralized control at both the state and federal levels.
School Board Sets 2002-2003 Meetings
As the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education's first public meeting for this fall is scheduled for this coming Monday evening, as a service to our readers, the Great Neck Record is publishing the upcoming year's schedule of regular business and budget meetings for the 2002-2003 school year.
DEC Honors North Hempstead for Harbor Links
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Erin M. Crotty has announced that the Town of North Hempstead is the recipient of the 2002 New York State Mined Land Reclamation Award. The award was given to North Hempstead for its accomplishment of turning the former Morewood property on Hempstead Harbor into the public golf courses known as Harbor Links.
Annual Steppingstone Regatta Sept. 14
The Great Neck Park District's annual regatta will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Steppingstone Marina. It is held in conjunction with the Steppingstone Sailing Club. Students who have completed intermediate and advanced courses are eligible to participate using park district boats. Call the Parkwood administration office at 487-7665 for an application and further information.
The Value of an Outstanding Education
Off The Record