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Donna Peirez Sworn In As Board Trustee


Donna Peirez, the newly elected Board of Education Trustee, was sworn in at the Dec. 12 Board of Education meeting by District Clerk Michele Dominick. Ms. Peirez won the Dec. 6 election, with 45 percent of the vote, to fill out the term left vacant by Monique Bloom, who resigned as a Board Trustee in September. The term will run until May 2019. Board President Barbara Berkowitz said, "Donna has served as a parent leader, PTA officer and president, UPTC president and committee leader, was a member of the original Shared Decision Making Charter, as well as serving on SDM committees for many years. She has been a pre-school teacher and an elementary teacher at Lakeville School, a Great Neck Teacher's Association leader, and a member of many school and community committees and organizations. Tonight, she will add a new title, that of Great Neck Public School Board of Education Trustee. We applaud Donna and most heartily welcome her!"


GNPS/TV December Programs

Current programs on Great Neck Public Schools Television (GNPS/TV) are: Faculty Recital 2016; GNPS/TV Spotlight; Spotlight, South Middle Edition; and Focus on the Arts. GNPS/TV programs are now available on demand, 24/7, on the school district Web site, (click on the GNPS/TV logo near the top of the main page), or by going directly to Programs can also be viewed in the incorporated villages of Great Neck on Cablevision Channel 75 and on Verizon Channel 32. Program highlights follow. Show times given are for Cablevision and Verizon viewing.

Faculty Recital 2016 - The 25th Annual Great Neck Public Schools Faculty Recital features some two-dozen faculty and friends, performing solo or in groups, presenting an evening of outstanding music. Highlights include: Mozart's "Kegelstatt Trio," for viola, clarinet, and piano; Mozart's "Duettino," from Le Nozze di Figaro; "Life on Mars," by David Bowie; "Younger Than Springtime," from South Pacific; "What More Can I Say," from Falsettos; and selections from My Fair Lady.View times are: 8 a.m., and 12, 4, and 8 p.m.

GNPS/TV Spotlight - GNPS/TV Spotlight features school news, sports, and events in a lively, magazine-format. This edition of Spotlight offers highlights from a few of the many events that occur throughout the district and the community, including: South High School's Coffee House, North Middle School's Farewell Ceremony, North High School's Spirit Week, South High's Pep Rally, former Baker Principal Joanna Miller's photo exhibit in a local gallery, and more. Spotlight airs at 10 a.m., and at 2, 6, and 10 p.m.

Spotlight, South Middle Edition - A special edition of Spotlight will take a look at some of the recent news segments that originally aired on South Middle School's HTV (Homeroom Television), the live morning news program shown daily to students and staff and students at South Middle. Also shown will be highlights from the Farewell Ceremony, Club Fair, Book Fair, Halloween, Relay Field Day, and more. South Middle Spotlight can be seen at 10:30 a.m., and at 2:30, 6:30, and 10:30 p.m.

Focus on the Arts - Focus on the Arts is a new show highlighting the creativity and accomplishments of our teachers and students in the educational arts. The guest for the first show is Joseph Rutkowski, North High School instrumental music teacher, and recent recipient of the Long Island Hall of Fame Music Educator of Note Award. Focus host is Robert Zahn, district educational cable TV producer/director. Focus on the Arts airs at 11 a.m., and at 3, 7, and 11 p.m.

GNPS/TV Programming - GNPS/TV programming reflects the offerings of the Great Neck Public Schools and the achievements of its students and staff. Programs are student-produced. For further information, please contact Robert Zahn, district educational cable TV producer/director, by e-mail at, and by phone at (516) 441-4676.


Partial School Tax Exemptions

As approved by the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education at its Dec. 12 meeting, the Board will continue to honor partial school tax exemptions for qualified individuals in these five groups: senior citizens with limited income, persons with disabilities and limited income, volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers, veterans, and Gold Star parents. Exemptions apply to the 2016 tax year. Applications for all partial tax exemptions are due before the taxable status date of Jan. 1, 2017. In addition, the Board approved a new partial school tax exemption for qualified cold war veterans. That exemption will apply to the 2017 tax year. Exemption requirements and qualification guidelines are explained on application forms. Forms are available in person from the Nassau County Department of Assessment, 240 Old Country Road, Mineola, NY 11501. (Open weekdays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) Applications may also be requested by phone at (516) 571-1500, or downloaded from the Nassau County Web site at and The Board of Education has provided relief to senior citizens since 1970; to persons with disabilities and limited income since 1984; to volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers since 2005; and to veterans and Gold Star parents (parents of a child who died in the line of duty while serving in the US armed forces during a period of war) since 2014.