Learning About The School District Budget

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The proposed 2019–20 Great Neck Public Schools (GNPS) budget vote will be on Tuesday, May 21, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Preliminary Budget

Copies of the preliminary budget are available at the Office of the District Clerk, Phipps Administration Building, 345 Lakeville Rd., on school days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., www.greatneck.k12.ny.us and budget meetings. Reference copies may be perused in all public schools and branches of the Great Neck Library.

Budget Meetings

Budget meetings are scheduled during March, April and May, with weekday meetings following student recognitions, which begin at 7:30 p.m. Residents are encouraged to attend. Firm decisions on the budget will not be made until the board listens to the community’s comments at the following  meetings. 

• An informal budget hearing will take place on Monday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. at North High, 35 Polo Rd.

• A discussion with staff and the public will be held on Saturday, March 23, at 9:30 a.m. at South High, 341 Lakeville Rd.

• An informal budget hearing will be held on Monday, April 1, at 7:30 p.m. at South High, 341 Lakeville Rd.

• The official budget hearing and adoption will be held on Tuesday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m. at North Middle, 77 Polo Rd.

• A discussion will take place on Monday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. at South Middle, 349 Lakeville Rd.

Voting Rights Act

GNPS strives to provide budget information, so residents can make informed decisions and exercise their right to vote in the annual election.

Section 203 of the federal Voting Rights Act requires Nassau County school districts to provide election information in English and Spanish, and print materials will be distributed in both languages. To review the information in other languages, visit www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/budget; the translation feature allows the website to be viewed in more than 100 different languages.

Voter Registration

Residents who have voted in any school or general election since 2015 are automatically registered to vote in the school election on May 21. Residents who have not voted since 2015, or are not registered, may register at the Office of the District Clerk on school days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Thursday, May 16. Residents must be 18 or older, a citizen of the United States and have lived in the district for at least 30 days.

Absentee Ballots

Registered voters can obtain applications for absentee ballots from the district website or the district clerk on school days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Qualified voters 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 21.

Election Districts

The four polling locations for school elections are E.M. Baker, Lakeville, Saddle Rock and South High schools. Voters can only cast a ballot at their assigned polling location. Find your polling location at www.greatneck.k12.ny.us/budget or call the district clerk at 516-441-4020 on school days from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For Further Information

For additional information about the budget, polling locations, voter registration and/or absentee ballots, call the assistant superintendent for business at 516-441-4020 on school days.

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