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Editorial: You Can Approach The Board Of Education! You Really Can!

Many times we have used this editorial space to highlight the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education. Many, many times we have offered sincere thanks and well-deserved praise. And, yes, now we have to say it again.

In this progressive new high-tech world, there are many benefits and quite a few issues too. Of course Internet security is a general concern and especially where children are concerned, Internet safety is a major concern. Not only must the school district educate our youngsters, but they must protect them too — and protect them in a variety of ways. While students do need to make good use of the Internet, for research and for studying, these youngsters must also be kept safe from much “out there” that is undesirable and yes, even dangerous.

As with other prominent issues and concerns, the school board is ever-vigilant where the Internet comes into play. They must be that vigilant! Yet, often the students took umbrage with the strict rules and guarded filters. Indeed, some of the secondary students bitterly complained that they could not adequately complete assignments and project; they just could not explore online what they needed.

And thus the friction arose. Long heated debates and much controversy ensued. It took a long time to work this all out.

But, in the end, students, parents, teachers, administrators and school board members all worked together. The students from both North High and South High also banded together to out the problem.

And, so, the end result is a newly revised policy, one with greater freedoms for secondary students and for teachers as well. We believe that just as important as the new policy is the lesson learned by all — you can approach your Board of Education. They will listen, they will work with you and they will truly work doggedly to find a result palatable to one and all.

Great Neck is most fortunate to enjoy the labors of an amazing school board. Once again, thank you to President Barbara Berkowitz, Vice President Lawrence Gross, and trustees Donald Ashkenase, Monique Bloom and Susan Healy. And, of course a big thank you, too, to Superintendent of Schools Thomas Dolan!

You people are for sure the ones who really help put that “great” in Great Neck!

— Wendy Karpel Kreitzman