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School District Budget Events

The vote on the proposed 2018–19 School District Budget will be held on Tuesday, May 15, from 7 a.m.–10 p.m.

Preliminary Budget
Copies of the 2018–19 preliminary budget are now available at the Office of the District Clerk, Phipps Admin. Bldg., 345 Lakeville Rd., on school days from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. The budget is also posted on the district website ( and will be available at budget meetings, as listed below. Reference copies may be perused in each public school and in the Great Neck Library, all branches.

Budget Meetings & Adoption
Budget meetings are scheduled during March, April, and May. Weekday meetings follow student recognitions, which begin at 7:30 p.m. Residents are encouraged to attend the budget meetings and to respond to the preliminary budget. Firm decisions on the budget will not be made until the Board listens to the community’s comments. Meeting dates, times, and school locations follow:
—Monday, March 5, 7:30 p.m., North High, 35 Polo Rd. (informal budget hearing).
—Saturday, March 24, 9:30 a.m., South High, 341 Lakeville Rd. (board discussion with staff).
—Monday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., South High, 341 Lakeville Rd. (informal budget hearing).
—Tuesday, April 17, 7:30 p.m., North Middle, 77 Polo Rd. (official budget hearing and adoption of Proposed 2017–18 Budget).
—Monday, May 7, 7:30 p.m., South Middle, 349 Lakeville Rd. (discussion only).

Voter Registration
Residents who have voted in any school or general election since 2014 are automatically registered to vote in the school election on May 15. Residents who have not voted since 2014, or are not registered, may register at the Office of the District Clerk, Phipps Admin. Bldg., 345 Lakeville Rd., on school days from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Residents must be 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the United States, and have lived in the district for at least 30 days. The deadline to register is Thursday, May 10.

Reconfigured Election Districts
Effective December 2017, there are four polling locations for school district elections: E.M. Baker School (existing location reconfigured), Lakeville School (new location), Saddle Rock School (new location), and South High School (existing location reconfigured).

Registered voters will only be allowed to cast a ballot at their assigned polling location. A postcard indicating a resident’s polling location will be mailed to each registered voter at three times prior to the election on May 15.

Residents who are unsure of their polling location can visit the district website for additional information. A new online tool enables residents to confirm their registration status as well as their assigned polling location (—click on Budget, then choose Voter Registration). This information is also available by calling the District Clerk on school days from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. at (516) 441-4020.

Absentee Ballot Applications
Qualified, registered voters can obtain applications for absentee ballots from the district website (—click on Budget, then choose Absentee Ballot) or from the Office of the District Clerk, Phipps Admin. Bldg., 345 Lakeville Rd., on school days from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Residents who are qualified voters and whose registration records have been marked “permanently disabled” by the Board of Elections will automatically receive absentee ballots. Completed absentee ballots must be received by the District Clerk no later than 5 p.m., on Tuesday, May 15.

For Further Information
For additional information about the 2018–19 school budget, polling locations, voter registration, and/or absentee ballots, please call the assistant superintendent for business, at (516) 441-4020, on school days.


Transportation Registration for Non-Public Schools

In accordance with New York State Education Law, free transportation for the 2018–19 school year will be available to children attending non-public schools who meet the following walking distance-from-school requirements. To be eligible for free transportation, the walking distance from a pupil’s home to a non-public school must exceed 0.5 mile for students in grades K–5; 0.75 mile for students in grades 6–8; and 1 mile for students in grades 9–12. Transportation is limited to a maximum distance of 15 miles. Other rules may apply for children with disabilities; please consult with the Office of Special Education and Pupil Personnel Services at (516) 441-4970.

Residents of the Great Neck school district who seek free transportation for their children to non-public schools in September 2018, and who meet the walking-distance requirements above, must submit an application, hand-delivered or postmarked, by April 1, to the Transportation Office, Great Neck Public Schools, 345 Lakeville Road, Great Neck, NY 11020. The April 1 deadline is determined by state law. The “Non-Public School Transportation Request Form” is available on the district website at—click on “Forms” in the blue left-hand column, then on “Transportation.”

For more information, please call the Transportation Office, Great Neck Public Schools, at (516) 441-4060, on school days between the hours of 9 a.m.–4 p.m.


Village School Student Recognition

Photo of Village School recognition with Village students, teachers, and administrators.

Village School (VS) students were recently recognized by the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education for contributing to the quality of life at their high school. Award recipients (with their area of achievement in parentheses) are: Benjamin Reiss Klayman (Quintessential Student), Danielle Gruber (Academic Achievement), Britney Trachenberg (Rookie of the Year), Brianna Kohler (Most Improved), and Emma Strassberg (Community Service). Joining them were Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz, Vice President Donald Ashkenase, and Trustees Donna Peirez, Rebecca Sassouni, and Jeffrey Shi; Superintendent Dr. Teresa Prendergast, Assistant Superintendents Dr. Joseph Hickey and Dr. Steven Lando; and Village School staff memebers: Principal Stephen Goldberg, Jeffrey Bernstein, Lisa DiRosa-Coen, Ronni Graf, Halina Panariello, Cindy Pavlic, Lauren Sullivan, Megan Wilvert, and Samuel Yellis.


National Merit Finalists

Image of North High National Merit Finalists with Principal Dan Holtzman Image of South High National Merit Finalists with Principal Chris Gitz

Twenty-one seniors from North and South High Schools have advanced to Finalists (from Semifinalists) in the prestigious 2018 National Merit Scholarship Competition. They are now among more than 15,000 students who will be considered for some 7,500 Merit Scholarship awards that will be announced in coming months.

John L. Miller-Great Neck North High School Finalists are: Aaron Hakimi, Courtney Hakimian, Michael Jan, Cheryl Tung, and Megan Xu.

William A. Shine-Great Neck South High School Finalists are: Devin Chin, Kelley Chiu, Susan Fendt, Jessica Li Jiang, Benjamin Kobliner, Hanxuan Kuang, Zhijian Long, Kimberly Lu, Julian Malater, Adam Sperling, Lynne Xie, Michelle Xing, David Yao, Ann Zhang, Asia Zhang, and Esther Zhu.

PSAT scores for these students were among the highest in the state and their scores on a second examination were as good or better. Having demonstrated exemplary academic performance throughout high school, these students were fully endorsed and recommended by their high school principals. Each student also furnished biographical data and a self-description of interests, activities, accomplishments, and goals.


Science Olympiad Team Wins Regional Competition

Photo of South High Science Olympiad Team on auditorium stage

A Science Olympiad team from South High School won first place at the Nassau West Regional and will participate in the State competition on March 9 and March 10.

The regional Science Olympiad competition, held on February 3 at Kellenberg Memorial High School, featured 32 teams representing 17 high schools from western Nassau County. A total of five teams from Great Neck Public Schools participated in the event –– two teams from North High School and three teams from South High School.

Members of the first-place team from South High who will advance to the States are: Adrian Chen, Ann Zhang, Eric Kuang, Jennifer Wang, Kelley Chiu, Kimberly Lu, Michael Lu, Shawn Kang, Yuhan Liu, Katherine Hui, Daniel Xu, David Wang, Eric Bae, Veronica Khim, and Allison Zhang. This is the second consecutive year that a Science Olympiad team from South High has won the Nassau West Regional competition and advanced to the States.

Congratulations to all 75 Great Neck high school students who participated in the regional competition. Science Olympiad teams are coached by science teachers from their respective schools: Randy Appell at North High, and Dr. James Truglio and Nicole Spinelli at South High.


Shrek the Musical at North Middle

Photo of North Middle Shrek Cast

North Middle School will present Shrek the Musical on Wednesday, March 14, and Thursday, March 15, at 7:00 p.m., in the school’s auditorium, 77 Polo Road.

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek the Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change) and a sidesplitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek the Musical brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there’s more to the story than meets the ears.

Shrek the Musical is the tale of an ogre who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand... and his name is Shrek.

This production will be directed by Arielle Murdocco, vocal music teacher, and produced by Danielle Larson, special education teacher. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased in advance online or at the door. To purchase tickets online, please visit the North Middle School Theater website at Additional information is available on the North Middle School website at