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School District Budget Events

The vote on the Proposed 2017-18 School District Budget will be held on Tuesday, May 16, from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Qualified school district residents who live north of the LIRR can vote at Baker School, 69 Baker Hill Rd. Those living south of the LIRR can vote at South High School, 341 Lakeville Rd.

Preliminary Budget - Copies of the 2017-18 Preliminary Budget are now available at the Office of the District Clerk, Phipps Admin. Bldg., 345 Lakeville Rd., school days, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The Budget is also posted on the district Web site ( 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 concerns. Meeting dates, times, and school locations follow:
--Thursday, March 9, 7:30 p.m., South Middle, 349 Lakeville Rd. (informal budget hearing).
--Saturday, March 18, 9:30 a.m., South High, 341 Lakeville Rd. (budget discussion with administrative staff).
--Monday, April 3, 7:30 p.m., North Middle, 77 Polo Rd. (informal budget hearing).
--Thursday, April 20, 7:30 p.m., South High, 341 Lakeville Rd. (official budget hearing and adoption of Proposed 2017-18 Budget).
--Monday, May 8, 7:30 p.m., North High, 35 Polo Rd. (budget discussion only).

Voter Registration - Residents who have voted in any school or general election since 2013 are automatically registered to vote in the school election on May 16. Residents who have not voted since 2013, or are not registered, may register at the Office of the District Clerk, Phipps Admin. Bldg., 345 Lakeville Rd., on school days, 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 11.

Absentee Ballot Applications - Qualified, registered voters can obtain applications for absentee ballots from the district Web site ( on Budget, then choose Absentee Ballot) or from the Office of the District Clerk, Phipps Admin. Bldg., 345 Lakeville Rd., school days, 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 16.

For Further Information - For additional information about the 2017-18 school budget, voter registration, and/or absentee ballots, please phone the assistant superintendent for business, at (516) 441-4020, on school days.


Student Selected for Tilles Festival Band

Daniel Itzkowitz

Daniel Itzkowitz, French horn player and a sophomore at North High School, has been selected to perform in the Tilles Festival Band at the LIU Post Band Festival at Tilles Center, in early April. This annual Festival was first held in 2003. Daniel was chosen for the Festival Band based upon the nomination and recommendation of Joseph Rutkowski, North High instrumental music teacher. Mr. Rutkowski calls Daniel a "great, great kid who is among the first to arrive at school for rehearsals and one of the last to leave each afternoon after rehearsals." At North High, Daniel participates in the Symphonic Band Class, Chamber Music Class, is a member of Jazz Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra, and, outside of school, plays with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York. He has also participated in the All-County Music Festival. The Tilles Festival Band, a large ensemble of some 180 players, will be made up of selected high school musicians from 32 high schools across Long Island, and members of the LIU Post Wind Symphony. Conducting the Festival Band during rehearsals and the concert will be internationally renowned composer and conductor, Andrew Boysen, and Dr. James McRoy, LIU Post Director of Wind Studies.


Neuroscience Research Finalist

Shaminta Hamidian

Shaminta Hamidian, a senior at South High School, was selected as a Finalist in the 2017 Neuroscience Research Prize competition. The title of Shaminta's project is: "Structural and Functional Connectivity of the Human Hand Motor Area Using Diffusion Tensor Imaging and Resting State Functional MRI." Her faculty advisor, Dr. Carol Hersh, provided this project summary: Recent technological advances have enabled exploration of the brain's functional and anatomical properties. MRI techniques have contributed to our understanding of the brain by allowing noninvasive exploration. In this study, Shaminta developed a method to use specific MRI techniques to localize regions of the brain involved in particular functions. A specific location for the area responsible for controlling hand function was identified. Shaminta's research report was among the 15 best from a large number of entries submitted by students nationally. All written reports were carefully reviewed by members of the American Academy of Neurology and only the top 15 entries, designated Finalists, were selected for additional reviews. The Neuroscience Research Prize is sponsored by the American Academy of Neurology and the Child Neurology Society.


Interschool Visits on Cyberbullying

Saddle Rock Lakeville

Seniors in South High Schools' Facing History course visited fifth-graders at Lakeville School and Saddle Rock School to present lessons they had developed on Digital Citizenship, with a focus on cyberbullying. Joining the South High students at Lakeville were several of Bridget Forie's students in the Outdoor Education Program. In one activity, simulating cyberbullying, South High students read aloud text messages to the elementary students and, with their heads down on their desks and their eyes closed, to not be influenced by their classmates' responses, the elementary students were asked to put their thumbs up if they felt the message was okay, thumbs down if they found the message offensive, and thumbs to the side if they weren't sure. Another exercise involved a "Turn and Talk" activity where students discuss with each other a lesson-related question/topic. South High students introduced a cyberbullying scenario and then asked the fifth-graders to discuss prevention strategies with a partner. The cyberbullying lessons taught by the high school students related to Digital Citizenship taught at the elementary schools, which includes social media etiquette, privacy issues, and strategies to use when evaluating safe and reputable sources on the Internet. In their thank-you notes to the South High students, the elementary students shared these thoughts: "I learned that cyberbullies often don't stop at one instance, and you should keep reporting them until the cyberbullying stops. With this new information on how to deal with the situation, now I know how to stop cyberbullying. I also learned that you should block the cyberbully's e-mail address and cell phone number, and delete him or her from contacts." "I appreciate that you tried to make the presentation fun and enjoyable. I thank you for trying to let the world know what cyberbullying is and how to stop it." "I liked how you guys were so open to taking questions. I appreciate how you took the time to create a presentation and to make it fun with activities such as the head-down game." The interschool lessons were overseen, at Lakeville, by Jean Reader and Leslie Watnik, technology staff developers; and at Saddle Rock by Nicole Alexander, computer teacher/technology staff developer, and Evan Chen, third-grade teacher. South High facilitators were teachers Brian Fadde, Nicole Kinsey, Damon Reader, and Michelle Sorise.


Transportation Registration for Non-Public Schools

In accordance with New York State Education Law, free transportation for the 2017-18 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 Pupil Personnel & Psychological 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 2017, 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 Web site at on "Forms" in the blue left-hand column, then on "Transportation." For more information, please phone the Transportation Office, Great Neck Public Schools, at (516) 441-4060, on schooldays.