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GNPS: Change in Central Administration Structure

Three Positions Replaced With Two Assistant Superintendents

Responding to tough economic times, the Great Neck Public Schools made a cut in central administration staffing, going from three to two top positions in instruction/education, directly under the superintendent of schools. The positions of assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, executive director of elementary education, and executive director of secondary education were eliminated at the Board of Education’s May 10 public action meeting. The positions of assistant superintendent for elementary education and assistant superintendent for secondary education were established.

The school district’s immediate past superintendent of schools, Ronald Friedman, established the positions of assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, executive director of elementary education, and executive director of secondary education. Prior to Dr. Friedman’s tenure, former superintendent of schools, William Shine, worked with an assistant superintendent for elementary education and an assistant superintendent for secondary education. The school district has now reverted to Dr. Shine’s plan.

Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz had announced, at a school board meeting in January, that the three positions would be cut to two, due to budget constraints and necessary budget cuts. Following the May 10 announcement, Ms. Berkowitz told the Great Neck Record that “Faced with the economic realities and the need to be responsive, the board, in conjunction with the superintendent of schools, decided earlier this year to go back to our previous administrative structure of two assistant superintendents, one for elementary education and one for secondary education.”

Superintendent of Schools Thomas Dolan echoed Ms. Berkowitz’s words, telling the Record: “In an environment when buildings are asked to make sacrifices, it was only appropriate that the central offices should also find a way to tighten our belts.”

The new positions of assistant superintendent for elementary education and assistant superintendent for secondary education will be effective on July 1, 2010, the start of the 2010-2011 school year. The appointments to those positions will be announced at that time.


New Principal for Lakeville

Also at the May 10 meeting, the school board authorized the appointment of Phyllis Feldman as principal of the Lakeville Elementary School for the coming school year. Ms. Feldman has served as assistant principal at Lakeville for many years. She will replace Barbara Raber, who is retiring at the end of this school year.