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School Board Prez Honored By BOCES

Plainview-Old Bethpage Board of Education President Ginger Lieberman was honored by more 350 of Long Island’s most ardent public education supporters recently, as one of 16 honorees to receive the 2014 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award at the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation’s annual gala. The distinction is bestowed on those individuals or organizations that have made a substantial impact on public education in Nassau County.  

Nassau BOCES created the awards program to recognize those who share its mission of ensuring a successful, challenging, caring and safe environment that enables students of all ages and abilities to achieve their maximum potential.  

“Ginger Lieberman has served Plainview-Old Bethpage with passion, commitment and purpose,” wrote her award nominator. “There is no aspect of the district that has not been impacted by her care and diligence. She is a passionate advocate for the future of our community and an outstanding leader who truly cares about our children. Our community is a far better place due to the advocacy and unconditional commitment of Ginger Lieberman.”

In Lieberman’s 30-year tenure in the Plainview-Old Bethpage school district, she has helped the district to make tremendous strides both academically and in social emotional education. During her time, Plainview-Old Bethpage JFK High School added a Women’s Center, Holocaust Museum and an art gallery.  

She is also the co-creator of the nationally renowned bullying prevention program, featuring the Bully Frog children’s book series, winner of he National Legacy Book Award.

Lieberman has helped forge a partnership between Plainview-Old Bethpage Schools, North Shore-LIJ and Hofstra University, which gave birth to the district’s Medical Career Academy. The academy engages students in meaningful experiences in all aspects of the health field. Lieberman also spearheaded the transformation of STEM education to STEAM, adding the arts to the popular science technology engineering and math initiative.  

Her nominator noted that Lieberman has served as a positive force for community improvement both in and out of the schools. While she advocated for the reconfiguration of schools to more appropriately serve the needs of a growing population, she also moved Plainview-Old Bethpage residents into action to clean up a landfill and was instrumental in the creation of a senior citizens center.

“Ginger Lieberman has served Plainview-Old Bethpage with passion, commitment and purpose,” wrote her award nominator. “There is no aspect of the district that has not been impacted by her care and diligence. She is a passionate advocate for the future of our community and an outstanding leader who truly cares about our children. Our community is a far better place due to the advocacy and unconditional commitment of Ginger Lieberman.”