Great Neck Public Schools
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School Board Service Award
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Larry Gross

Great Neck Public School Board of Education Vice President Lawrence Gross is the recipient of the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association (N-SSBA) 2017 Outstanding School Board Service Award. The Service Award recognizes extraordinary contributions by school board members to local school boards and communities. In her speech at the Award presentation ceremony, Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz characterized Mr. Gross as the "consummate school board trustee who works collaboratively with the Board, administrators, staff, and community." She went on to say, "He is, without question, the quintessential School Board trustee. He has served the Great Neck Board of Education for 36 years, 10 as president and another 13 as vice president. He promotes cohesiveness and has been a mentor to all who follow in his path. Larry Gross is famous for listening to all sides of an issue, contemplating his decisions with precision and fairness, and isn't averse to changing his mind after listening to another point of view. He has always been available for anything asked of him, be it to present a topic at a meeting, or chair a committee. The public has tremendous confidence in the issues he presents, as he does so with immersed and complete knowledge. Larry Gross exemplifies the adage that there is no "i" in "team." Due to a move out of the district, Mr. Gross retired from the Board of Education on June 30, 2017 at the conclusion of his twelfth term as a Board Trustee.

 

Friend of Education Award

The Friend of Education Award was established by the Great Neck Board of Education in June 1993. The intent of the Award is to recognize extraordinary efforts on behalf of our schools and our children by an individual who is not connected with the school district. Award winners are listed below.

Date
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October 18, 2007
Award Winner
Michael Balboni,
New York State Deputy Secretary for Public Safety and
Thomas DiNapoli,
New York State Comptroller
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"No one is more deserving of this award because you have always been friends of education to Great Neck. You were always prominent vistors to the district's schools and you were such strong supporters that the school district will not forget. You both really made a difference."

-- Barbara Berkowitz, President of the Board of Education
Related Link
Great Neck Record, 10/26/07


Date
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June 7, 2004
Award Winner
May Newburger
Former Supervisor of the Town of North Hempstead
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Date
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June 14, 1999
Award Winner
Mary Kasindorf
Former Director of CLASP
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Date
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June 1993
Award Winner
Lee Karlin
Former Editor of the Great Neck Record
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