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School Board Sets 2013-2014 Goals

The Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education set five goals for this school year, the 2013-2014 school year. School Board President Barbara Berkowitz reviewed these goals at the Oct. 21 public action meeting. Berkowitz said that the board “sets goals every year for ourselves.” Some of these goals are new and some are ongoing through several years, she added.

Goal number one for this school year is to review the school district’s ever-changing curriculum, programs and common core standards, including the degree to which these goals relate to the emotional well-being of the students. As well, this includes conducting school board meetings to inform the public about such programs.

The second goal is to evaluate the school district’s APPR plan, which was approved and is being continued into the 2013-2014 school year. Berkowitz said that the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Thomas Dolan has already had discussions and assessments and will continue along those lines. The APPR is the Annual Professional Performance Review, the fairly new teacher evaluation system developed by and now required by the New York State Education Department.

Goal number three is to review the Wellness and Health and Safety District Committees regarding physical education and nutrition and the need to make healthy choices, as well as to determine how the school district’s grant money will be spent. Along with this goal, Trustee Susan Healy, school board liaison to these committees, frequently presents reports on the issues at school board meetings.

The fourth goal is to conduct a fiscal review and continue to develop the school board’s fiscal responsibilities, while producing a multi-year spending plan and multi-year capital plan. This capital plan takes into account the tax cap implications, unfunded mandates and continued loss of prior state aid money. The school board will continue to support and work on all of these financial goals.

The last goal, the fifth goal is to continue to support the new administrators, staff and parent leaders in order to “build the next generation.” This, too, the board will continue to support and work within the goal.