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Adult Education Advisory Report

As the Great Neck Public Schools Adult Education Advisory Committee presented its annual report at an end-of-the-year Board of Education public action meeting, the opening emphasis was on the school board’s charge: “ … to ensure the continuous involvement of school district residents in the education programs” provided by the school district. These programs include the Adult Program at Cumberland, the Adult Learning Center at Clover Drive and the Great Neck Senior Center. 


Reading the report, committee chair Nan Kossin, stated: “I am proud to say that we are comprised of and represent the diverse community that embodies the Great Neck School District.” This committee consists of 25 members that support and oversee all aspects of adult learning in Great Neck. “They assure that what is offered is vital and appealing to the ever-changing interests of our community,” Kossin added.


This past year the enrichment courses, special events and trips offered at the Adult Program at Cumberland attracted almost 8,500 registrants, with more than $800,00 in revenue.  Adult Basic Education at Clover Drive had 727 registrants. The Adult Program at the Senior Center had 1,764 registrants.


Recognizing the need to attract a young population in order to sustain the program in the future, an outreach sub-committee was formed to attract those “under 40.” New programs will be introduced. And, as a result of this, staffing issues needed to be worked out at the Cumberland office.


Kossin noted that the annual meeting and graduation were “highlights.” And she also spoke about the “steadfast leadership and guidance of Ronna Telsey.” Telsey is school district’s consultant to the Adult Program.


According to Kossin: “Great Neck’s Adult Program is a testament to our community’s commitment to education at every age.”


Committee Members

New members of the Adult Education Advisory Committee, approved by the Board of Education to serve a three-year term from July 1, 2013 through June 20, 2016: Alex Kirschner (June 30, 2015), Sepiden Shokrian, Haliemah Somone, Hong Yao; and for a second term, Lauren DeSantolo, Joann (Feng), Nan Kossin, George Pafitis, Elahe Rashtian, Mamta Shaha, Rochelle Stern.


Retiring committee members: Fakhiuddin Ahmed, Sylvia Doreste and Jason Trager.