Great Neck Public Schools
Board of Education
Phipps Administration Building
345 Lakeville Road
Great Neck, NY 11020
516-441-4001
516-441-4994 (Fax)

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c/o Dr. Teresa Prendergast, Superintendent of Schools




The Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education consists of five residents, elected by fellow residents in the annual school district election held in May. Each trustee serves a three-year, unpaid term. Terms are staggered, with one or two seats up for election each year. The Board has broad legal powers and responsibilities for determining educational policy, for supervising the administration of the schools, and for levying taxes on properties to support school district operations. The Board's chief executive officer is Superintendent of Schools Dr. Teresa Prendergast..


Board of Education Trustees -- 2017-18



Title


Name



Term Expiration



President



Barbara Berkowitz



2018


First appointed to the Board in 1992 to fill a vacancy after the death of a Board trustee.
First elected to the Board in 1993. Current term (eighth) expires 6/30/18.

President of the Board, 2006-present. Past vice president of the Board, 2000-03. Member, 1993-present, and past chair, 1993-2006, Board of Education Policy Committee. Past chair, Board of Education Citizens Advisory Committee. Board president is an ex officio member of all Board of Education Advisory Committees. Recipient of Town of North Hempstead Woman of Distinction May W. Newburger Women's Roll of Honor Award, 2017; Lions Club of Great Neck George Carr Humanitarian Award, 2014; Hispanic American Community of North Hempstead, Outstanding Member of the Community, 2012; Woman Trailblazer Award from former Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth, 2010; and Woman of Distinction Award from former NYS Senator Craig Johnson, 2009. Past co-chairperson, United Parent-Teacher Council (UPTC) Budget Committee. Past delegate, UPTC. Past PTA president and treasurer, past newsletter editor, Baker Bulletin, and founder, Family Math and Outreach Programs, Baker School. Past member, Shared Decision Making Committee, North Middle School and Baker School. A founder and member, GIFT (Good Ideas For Teens), a community committee exploring teen activities and sites for functions in Great Neck. Past district liaison, North Shore Child and Family Guidance Program on Cultural Integration. Past Cub Scout leader. Past retailer. Attended LIU Southampton and SUNY Fredonia, English and secondary education majors, psychology minor. Married, one adult child.



Vice-President



Donald L. Ashkenase



2018


First elected to Board in 1982.
Current term (twelfth) expires 6/30/18.

Vice president of the Board, 2017-present, and 1984-85. Past president of the Board, 1985-87. Chair, Board of Education Financial Advisory Committee, 2017-present, past FAC member. Recipient of the Lions Club of Great Neck George Carr Humanitarian Award, 2014. Strategic advisor finance, 2016-present; past first vice president-finance and chief financial officer, 1969-77, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation. Past special advisor to president, 2009-16; past executive vice president-corporate, 1987-2009, Montefiore Medical Center. Past chief financial officer, 1977-87, Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Adjunct assistant professor, 1977-present, Columbia University, School of Public Health, executive MPH program. Board member, UJA in New York, Young Judaea Global, Samuel Field Y, and Primary Care Development Corporation. MBA, hospital administration, Wagner College. BS, accounting, Brooklyn College. Served in US Air Force. Married, three adult children, two GNPS grandchildren: one elementary-school age, one middle-school age.



Trustee



Donna Peirez



2019


First elected to the Board in 2016 to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of a Board trustee.
Current term (first) expires 6/30/19.
Chair, 2017-present, Board of Education Policy Committee. Member, Board of Education Citizens Advisory Committee, 2017-present, past CAC member. Past member, Shared Decision Making District Biennial Committee, 1992-2016. Past elementary director, Great Neck Teachers Association. Past Shared Decision Making Committee (SDMC) trainer of new members. Past teacher member, SDMC Lakeville School. Past chair/parent member SDMC, North High School, North Middle School, Baker School. Original member, Great Neck Public Schools Goal Setting/Shared Decision Making Committee. Past chairperson United Parent-Teacher Council (UPTC), and UPTC Budget, Safety & Transportation, and Legislative Committees. Past PTA president, Baker School and Kensington-Johnson School. Past board chairperson, Great Neck Community School (cooperative nursery school). Past member, Great Neck Student Aid Fund. Recipient of American Jewish Congress Woman of the Year. Honored for service to Temple Beth El. Past teacher, Lakeville School (28 years) and Great Neck Community School (11 years). MS, elementary education, LIU Post. BS, advertising/public relations, Boston University. Married, three adult children.

Trustee



Rebecca Sassouni



2020


First elected to the Board in 2017.
Current term (first) expires 6/30/20.
Chair, Board of Education Citizens Advisory Committee, 2017-present, past member, CAC. Member, Board of Education Building Advisory Committee, 2017-present. Recipient of Town of North Hempstead Woman of Distinction May W. Newburger Women's Roll of Honor Award, 2014. Past officer, United Parent Teacher Council, and chair, UPTC Legislative Committee. Past parent co-chair Shared Decision Making Committee, North High School and John F. Kennedy School. Two-time recipient of Hadassah Woman of Honor Award. Past officer and member of board of trustees, Journal Dinner Dance and Simchat Torah Honoree, Temple Israel of Great Neck. Officer, SHAI (Sephardic Heritage Alliance, Inc.). Co-founder, Persian Culture Committee. Past board member, Solomon Schechter School of Long Island. Attorney in private practice. Cum Laude with Distinction, Barnard College Columbia University. Hofstra University School of Law. New York State Certified Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Facilitator. Married, two high school- and two college-age children.



Trustee



Jeffrey Shi



2020


First elected to the Board in 2017.
Current term (first) expires 6/30/20.

Chair, Board of Education Building Advisory Committee, 2017-present. Member, Board of Education Financial Advisory Committee, 2017-present. Infrastructure monitoring engineer, Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications, City of New York, 2016-present; lead system engineer, EmblemHealth Insurance, 2006-16; senior network engineer, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association-College Retirement Equities Fund, 2005-06; enterprise system management consultant for IBM, 2003-05; enterprise system management consultant of JPMorgan Chase, 1997-2002. BS, electrical engineering, Cooper Union. Married, one middle school-age child.

 
A Tribute to Larry and Don -- June 6, 2011


Click the link above to read about a special tribute to Larry Gross and Don Ashkenase
that took place at the June 6, 2011 Board of Education Meeting

 

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