As reelected Great Neck School District Board of Eduction officers Barbara Berkowitz and Donald Ashkenase were again sworn in to office, the Great Neck School District could comfortably rest on the knowledge that this award-winning 200-year-old school district will continue, strong as ever. This past May, Barbara was reelected to the board, as was Donald Ashkenase. During the meeting, Berkowitz was sworn in for another year as president and Ashkenase for another year as trustee.
Said Berkowitz: “I’m honored to have been reelected to the Board of Education by this community, which I so dearly love. Our mission has always been to ensure that all the children of Great Neck receive the best possible education, suited to each child’s abilities, and that they leave our schools college or career ready. I am grateful to work alongside such dedicated colleagues and educators and am looking forward to working with Dr. Prendergast when she takes office on July 15.” Berkowitz began her terms on the Board of Education in 1992, now beginning her 24th year (her eighth term) on the school board.
As he was sworn into office as a school board trustee, Ashkenase told the assembled group that he is “deeply grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve the Great Neck community as a member of the Board of Education.” He also noted that the school board is “so fortunate to have the full support of the community in maintaining the quality of public education in Great Neck.” Ashkenase began his long career with the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education in 1982. This is his 34th year, his 12th term as a school board trustee.
In addition to swearing in Berkowitz and Ashkenase, and Berkowitz’s election and installation as board president, longtime trustee Lawrence Gross was sworn in as Board of Education vice president.
Also, Dr. Thomas Dolan was sworn in as superintendent of schools from July 1 to 14, 2015, and then Dr. Teresa Prendergast was sworn in as superintendent of schools from July 15, 2015, to June 30, 2016.
The Board of Education, Dr. Prendergast and Dr. Dolan anticipate a full and successful 2015-16 school year ahead.