Public School And Library Budgets Pass

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Barbara Berkowitz was reelected to the Board of Education.

Both propositions were overwhelmingly passed and both uncontested candidates reelected when voters headed to the polls on Tuesday, May 15, to cast their ballots for the Great Neck Public Schools (GNPS) 2018–19 proposed budget, the 2018/2019 Great Neck Library budget and two GNPS Board of Education trustee seats.

Proposition #1, for the school budget in the amount of $229,845,028, passed with 1,856 Yes votes and 333 No votes.

Proposition #2, for the library budget, passed with 1,709 Yes votes and 456 No votes.

For the two Board of Education seats, Barbara Berkowitz received 1,745 votes and Donald Ashkenase received 1,444.

Donald Ashkenase was reelected Board of Ed trustee.

Ashkenase, who currently serves as vice president of the board, was elected to his 13th term and Berkowitz, who has been president of the board since 2006, was elected to her ninth term.

“We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Great Neck community for the continued support both for our school budget and for our continuing in our roles as school board trustees,” said Berkowitz and Ashkenase. “We are most fortunate to live in this community that understands that the needs of all our students is of paramount importance. We will continue our pledge to work for you all and advocate for your children as we would our own. Thank you for your continued trust.”

Read more about the trustees here and the school budget here.

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