This Board adheres to all the tenets of fiscal responsibility while maintaining their goal of meeting the needs of all students. While we teachers have not always benefitted financially from the Board’s budgeting, we respect their measured judgment and work with them in good faith as partners because we understand that the long-term educational and financial health of the district is their primary focus and serves the best interests of the entire educational community of Great Neck.
This Board is not afraid of change; in fact, they stay ahead of it. The Board enacted a tax cap one year before it became law; approached technology not as a panacea but as one tool for instructional effectiveness; made critical capital improvements to the district’s aging infrastructure before it became dangerous or cost-prohibitive; and unanimously passed a resolution opposing the State’s overreliance on standardized testing.
This Board has served the interests of students and taxpayers in equal measure, maintaining an equilibrium that sets it apart from other districts. With one eye on Great Neck’s rich history and the other on charting its promising future, they have done more than react to the current financial and educational crises: they have proactively and successfully led the district through them.
No Board is more accessible, more deliberative, or better informed. We strongly recommend the re-election of the members of this Board of Education on May 20.
Sheila Scimone, President
Great Neck Teachers Association