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Editorial: A Valentine’s Day Gift for Great Neck!

Vote ‘Yes’ for the School District’s Capital Projects

The Great Neck School District is seeking authorization to embark on a lengthy series of crucial capital projects. They are ready to begin work without having to ask taxpayers to dig into their pockets. Not one penny are we being asked to give! The money is there and the school district just needs our o.k. to continue to maintain our extraordinary school system in the proper way and offer this top-notch education in well-deserved surroundings.

“This is our Valentine’s Day gift to the community,” stated a very proud Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz at a recent school board meeting. And what a gift! The school district has proposed a $17,184,085 capital projects proposition that will provide much needed infrastructure work throughout the district. And the entire list of 39 projects will have no negative impact on taxpayers. All of the funds will come from the district’s unassigned fund balance.

How could this be? How can the school district possibly fund such costly projects without tax increases? And in this economy? How? A prudent, and highly knowledgeable school board and central administration managed this “dream come true.” Unexpected revenues plus prior expenses coming in under budget allowed the district to accumulate this welcome sum, a sum that will now benefit the entire community.

Voting on the Proposed Capital Projects Proposition will be held this coming Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 7 a.m.to10 p.m., at the E.M. Baker Elementary School (69 Baker Hill Road) for residents living north of the LIRR, and at South High School (341 Lakeville Road), for residents living south of the LIRR.

Do come out to vote “yes.” A “yes” vote will allow the school district to complete a long list of absolutely necessary structural work, inside and outside of school buildings, all without any extra burden on taxpayers.

If our children are our future, then it is up to all of us to help ensure this future, for them and for us.

Let’s say “thank you” to the Great Neck Public Schools Board of Education and vote “yes” to the capital projects proposition!

—-Wendy Karpel Kreitzman