The Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education adopted a $189,547,240 budget for the 2010-2011 school year. This represents a 2.16 increase over the current budget. It was the goal of the school board to limit the increase to as close to 2 percent as possible, while still maintaining the same level of education.
For this budget, $178,676,226 will have to be raised by real property tax, which accounts for 94.09 percent of the budget revenue, a 2.89 percent increase over the current budget. Only $6,752,849 is expected from state aid, which now only accounts for 3.57 percent of the budget. The rest of the budget revenue, 2.34 percent, is listed as “miscellaneous.”
(Editor’s Note: The Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition has advised the Great Neck Record that Coalition for Breast Cancer Cures “as absolutely no connection with the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition (GNBCC).” GNBCC, which has never and will never telephone for donations, has served the Great Neck Community since 1992. Among its popular programs are the Lend A Helping Hand and Student Scientist Summer Scholarship programs. With its focus on the prevention of cancer, GNBCC is an all volunteer organization staffed by Great Neck residents who donate their time. On April 23 GNBCC’s president, Laura Weinberg, will receive a 2010 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Quality Award, the EPA’s highest honor awarded to the public sector. For more information about the Great Neck Breast Cancer Coalition’s programs, visit: www.greatneckbcc.org.)
This year everyone is looking for a beautiful, warm sunny day for the Village of Great Neck’s Annual Crafts Fair on Sunday, May 2. Last year’s rain was pretty much a first for the much-anticipated event, and although it did not dampen everyone’s spirits, a bright day is the goal for this time. So we are predicting that the sun will shine on Sunday, May 2.
For this year, the 32nd year of the fair, as ever there will be a fun-filled day for the entire family. Something for everyone!
Open Door announces the creation of an expanded program for Fall 2010 that will give parents of 2 year olds the option to chose two, three or four day morning programs, one of which will include lunch with the teachers on Fridays.
Before the Great Neck Library Board Trustees approve a 2011 budget to present to the voters on May 18, critical decisions lie ahead. A special meeting has been called for Thursday, April 15 when more precise numbers for the renovation of a larger space at Station Branch will be revealed to the public and when it is expected that a vote will be taken to either move ahead with the 6400-square foot space on the second floor in the Gardens of Great Neck mall or stay in the current space.
Cutbacks in staffing, hours of operation, and purchasing are being proposed to reduce the budget to $8.5 million, a 1.4 percentage increase from the 2010 budget. Whittling away at the budget while increasing the allotment to expand Station Branch has required a reallocation of resources.
The array of choices before the Village of Great Neck’s zoning board on the matter of ruling on a parking lot where a wooded lot once stood has mushroomed adding to the complexity of the case. And once more, the impartiality of the zoning board has been questioned.
Concluding another lengthy session of an open public hearing, the board members concurred that rather than requiring a full environmental impact study to be done on the 2 Potters Lane case, they would hire an independent traffic expert from Frederick P. Clark Associates to study the safety issues from a pedestrian and vehicular standpoint before making a final determination. The applicant agreed to reimburse the village for the cost of the study.
Great Neck Village Officials AssociationTighten your seatbelts, slow down and hang up that cell phone when you’re driving because local law enforcement departments are coordinating peninsula-wide enforcement blitzes in the coming months. Heeding the call of pedestrians and drivers who have written letters and made phone calls urging more aggressive traffic safety measures, community leaders in the Great Neck Village Officials Association met with an impressive array of officers from law enforcement agencies to strategize for a safer Great Neck.
“We are keeping the cuts as far away from the classroom and instruction as possible,” said Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz as the budget cuts and costs driving the budget were discussed at the March 22 public action meeting. The preliminary working budget for the 2010-2011 school year is $189,547,240, a 2.16 percent increase over the current 2009-2010 budget.
Village of Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender and Village of Kensington Mayor Susan Lopatkin were both returned to office following contested elections on March 16. Those running for office with both mayors also handily beat their opponents.
Plaza Mayor Celender beat challenger Stu Hochron, with the mayor receiving 600 votes and Mr. Hochron receiving 411 votes. Running with Mayor Celender were incumbent trustees Ted Rosen, who also serves as deputy mayor, and Pam Marksheid. Mr. Rosen, with 604 votes, and Trustee Marksheid, with 600 votes, beat challengers Michael Glickman, who garnered 402 votes, and Scott Schwartz, who received 394 votes.
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