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Partial School Tax Exemptions

As approved by the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education at its Dec. 6 meeting, the Board will continue to honor partial school tax exemptions for qualified individuals in these groups: senior citizens with limited income; persons with disabilities and limited income; volunteer firefighters and volunteer ambulance workers; Gold Star parents; and veterans, including cold war veterans.
Exemptions apply to the 2017 tax year. Applications for all partial tax exemptions are due before the taxable status date of Jan. 2, 2018.
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 https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/3575/Exemption-Forms and https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/3306/Veterans-Real-Property-Tax-Exemptions.
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; 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; and to cold war veterans since 2016.

 

Board of Education Approves New Election Districts

At the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education meeting on Dec. 6, the Board approved a resolution to expand the GNPS election districts from two voting locations to a total of four. This change is effective immediately and applies to all future GNPS annual and special elections.
The Board of Education discussed expanding the number of polling sites after residents experienced long lines and wait times to cast their ballots at the district budget and bond vote last May. “We encourage all our residents to vote, and we want to make the process as convenient as possible,” explains Board President Barbara Berkowitz.
This accompanying map shows the reconfigured election districts

Lakeville School (New Location)
Southern Boundary: Long Island Expressway (LIE) from the NYC/Queens border to Lakeville Road.
Eastern Boundary: Lakeville Road and South Middle Neck Road from the Long Island Expressway (LIE) to the Long Island Rail Road tracks (LIRR).
Western Boundary: NYC/Queens border from the Long Island Expressway (LIE) to the Long Island Rail Road tracks (LIRR).
Northern Boundary: Long Island Rail Road tracks (LIRR) from the NYC/Queens border to South Middle Neck Road.

South High School (Existing Location Reconfigured)
Northern Boundary: Long Island Rail Road tracks (LIRR) from South Middle Neck Road to East Shore Road.
Western Boundary: Stewart Avenue from Hillside Avenue along the NYC/Queens border to the Long Island Expressway (LIE) to Lakeville Road to South Middle Neck Road to the Long Island Railroad Tracks (LIRR).
Eastern Boundary: New Hyde Park border from Hillside Avenue to Union Turnpike to Continental Drive and the Herricks border to the Manhasset border to the Long Island Rail Road tracks (LIRR).
Southern Boundary: Hillside Avenue from Stewart Avenue to the Herricks border.

EM Baker School (Existing Location Reconfigured)
Western Boundary: Middle Neck Road from Long Island Rail Road tracks (LIRR) to Wildwood Road, to Cherry Lane, to Horizon Way to the Long Island Sound.
Southern Boundary: Long Island Rail Road Tracks (LIRR) from Middle Neck Road to East Shore Road.
Eastern Boundary: East Shore Road and Manhasset Bay to the Long Island Sound.
Northern Boundary: Long Island Sound.

Saddle Rock School (New Location)
Northern Boundary: Horizon Way to Cherry Lane to Wildwood Road from the Long Island Sound to Middle Neck Road.
Southern Boundary: Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) tracks from Little Neck Bay to Middle Neck Road.
Western Boundary: Little Neck Bay/Long Island Sound from the Long Island Rail Road tracks (LIRR) to Horizon Way.
Eastern Boundary: Middle Neck Road from the Long Island Rail Road tracks (LIRR) to Wildwood Road.

Several mailings will inform and remind residents of their election district in the months leading up to the annual school budget vote on May 15, 2018. Registered voters will only be allowed to cast a ballot at their assigned voting location.
In order to participate in any school district election, residents must be registered to vote. Voter registration information is available on the Nassau County Board of Elections website at https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/566/Board-of-Elections.
Additional information about voter registration and the reconfigured election districts can be found on the GNPS website at www.greatneck.k12.ny.us. Please direct any further questions to Jacqueline Lizza, District Clerk, at (516) 441-4023.

 

Lakeville Students Travel around the World


Photo of two Lakeville students who participated in world studies

Over the past few weeks, each grade level at Lakeville School studied the geography, history, language, art, and culture of a different country: Australia, Canada, Ghana, India, and the Netherlands. Their studies culminated in a fair on Dec. 19, where students “traveled” to each country, viewed artifacts and student projects, and earned a stamp in their passport for correctly answering questions about each nation. The purpose of the activity is to develop global citizens who are curious about places around the world and respectful of different cultures.

 

North High Sophomore Wins First Place at Manhattan International Music Competition


Photo of Jeremy Bernstein, Dr. Pam Levy, and Joe Rutkowski

Congratulations to Great Neck North High School sophomore Jeremy Bernstein, who earned first place for his cello performance at the third annual Manhattan International Music Competition. As a first-place winner, Jeremy will perform at the Lincoln Center Library on Jan. 13, 2018.
Dr. Pamela Levy, fine and performing arts department head at North High, describes Jeremy as a dedicated student who plays the cello in the orchestra, chamber music society, All-County, and the school’s cello club — of which he is a founding member. He is also enrolled in AP Music Theory and an active member of the Tri-M Music Honor Society.

 

South High Sophomore Named Finalist in Two National Music Competitions


Photo of Benjamin Rossen at the piano with two staff members

Benjamin T. Rossen, a sophomore at Great Neck South High School, is a finalist in two national music competitions. Benjamin has been named a national finalist as a pianist in the classical music division of the 2018 YoungArts Foundation Competition, as well as a national finalist in the Student Composition Competition sponsored by the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).
As a national finalist in the 2018 National YoungArts program, Benjamin will attend master classes and perform on piano at the 37th annual National YoungArts Week in Miami, Florida from Jan. 7-14, 2018. The YoungArts Foundation provides financial, professional, and development opportunities to support artists who pursue their passion for fine and performing arts.
Benjamin is also a national finalist in the MTNA Student Composition Competition. His original composition for piano and alto saxophone won the New York State and the Eastern Division competitions in the senior division (ages 15-18). The national winner’s composition will be performed during a concert at the MTNA National Conference at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.
According to Michael Schwartz, performing arts department head at South High, Benjamin is a talented musician who is involved in many aspects of the performing arts. “Benjamin is a wonderful representative of Great Neck to attend National YoungArts Week, and I wish him continued success in the MTNA competition at the national level.”