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Year-End GNPS Adult Education Review

At the end of the school year, the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education once again reviewed the school district’s Adult Education Program. Adult Education Program Director Ronna Telsey noted that the program “reflects our diverse community.”

Each year 25 members of the community serve on the Adult Education Advisory Committee. Each member serves a three-year term. The committee meets several times throughout the year.

At the June 21 school board meeting, new members were appointed for three-year terms from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2013. New members include: Fakhiuddin Ahmed, Carolyn Berman, Lauren DeSantolo, Sylvia Doreste, Alexandra Horn, Joann (Feng) Huang, Nan Kossin, George Pafitis, Elahe Rashtian, Mamta Shaha, Rochelle Stern, and Jason Trager.

Retiring Adult Education Advisory Committee members include: Neil Berman (who was honored as retiring chairperson), Suzanne Chemtob, Jocelyne Compas, Steven Friedner, Hong Fu, Richard Goldring, Vivienne Lipsitz, Betty Meron, and Akbar Poonawaia.

Also at this public action meeting, the Adult Education Advisory Committee Annual Report was presented by Mr. Berman. Quoting a fortune cookie message, Mr. Berman stated: “A person is never too old to learn,” and he added, “Many adults in Great Neck got the same message with or without the cookie.”

Mr. Berman reported that this has been a “banner year” for the Adult Program, with a total registration of 13,827. This, he said, is an 8 percent increase over last year. The 1205 enrichment courses offered at the Cumberland School attracted 9765 registrants, and the Adult Basic Education program at the Clover Drive School had 1836 registrants. The courses at the Great Neck Senior Center attracted 2226 registrants.

Mr. Berman explained that the members of the Advisory Committee “are a representative group of the entire community and are dedicated to supporting and overseeing all aspects of adult learning in Great Neck.” He said that the task of the committee members is to audit and evaluate classes, and to seek new courses “to keep the enrichment program vital and appealing to the ever-changing interests of the community.”

The report also indicated that 400 visitors came to the Cumberland site’s Open House in November, where there were demonstrations and exhibits. “The success of the event was reflected in many early enrollments,” Mr. Berman said.

Concluding the report, Mr. Berman, along with Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz, lauded Ms. Telsey for the tremendous success of the Adult Education program in the school district.