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Editorial: Vote ‘Yes’ For Our School Budget

Cast your vote for our children, for our future

This coming Tuesday, May 15, is the day to cast your vote for our school budget … the day to cast your vote for our children and for our future. Voting on the 2012-2013 Great Neck Public Schools budget is from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. School district voters living north of the railroad tracks vote at the E.M. Baker Elementary School. Voters living south of the railroad tracks vote at Great Neck South High School.

And along with the school budget you will have the opportunity to further support the Great Neck Public Schools by voting to re-elect board of education Trustee (and current president) Barbara Berkowitz and Trustee Donald Ashkenase, both running unopposed.

In such a trying time, with state and federal mandates increasing by leaps and bounds and state aid pretty much a luxury of the past, we are proud that our school district has, somehow, managed to maintain the high educational standards and individualized attention to its students it is known for. And in spite of all of these external financial pressures, our school district has also, somehow, displayed such fiscal prudence that they were able to embark on much needed major infrastructure improvements, all at no cost to the taxpayers; funds used came from the district’s unassigned fund balance.

We are proud of our students and proud and grateful that they enjoy the marvelous opportunities of such a top-notch education. Our public schools are dedicated to offering each child the very best education possible. And now it’s time for us to once again show our dedication to our children and to our schools. It’s time for us to once again come out in record numbers to let everyone know that we stand strong, we stand together in support of an exceptional education in Great Neck.

If our children are our future, then what better way to ensure the best future for everyone than by supporting education. The very best education is right here in the Great Neck Public Schools.

Please, get out and vote for the school budget, the school board trustees and the library budget on May 15.                  

- Wendy Karpel Kreitzman