The Great Neck School System celebrates its 200th anniversary this Sunday on the South High Campus, beginning at 1 P.M. [Read more…]
He said that he was retiring almost 11 years ago, but he never really has. [Read more…]
No, sidewalks are not for sale in the Old Village [Read more…]
A big, exciting opportunity awaits all young filmmakers in Kindergarten through 12th grade. [Read more…]
On Tuesday, May 19, from 7 a.m. –10 p.m., at the E.M. Baker School and the William A. Shine-South High School, qualified residents of the school district may vote on the: [Read more…]
The Great Neck Plaza Village board of trustees will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, May 6 at 8 p.m., to consider a draft report and recommendations of Level G Associates, LLC, a parking consultant firm, [Read more…]
The Great Neck School District continues to take a “no comment” stand on the state-mandated third through eighth grade exams and the opt-out statistics are not being released. Superintendent of Schools Thomas Dolan has chosen not to reveal the school district’s statistics on these recent exams. And Dolan is still firm in his stand that these state-mandated exams are strictly “a parental decision.”
In the Great Neck Record article last month, Dolan stated his belief that parents must choose for their own child. He told the Record that “parents are the ones to come to a decision, based on each child and how they might react to such testing.” Dolan also told the Record that he feels that the testing, as well as the opt out (or the opt in) decision, should be derived at “in a responsible way.”
As well, in the past months, while parents all over New York State have been protesting these state-mandated tests imposed on children in second grade through eighth grade, parents in Great Neck have not been actively fighting the exams. There have been no local protests and, to date, there hab been no local protests. At that time, too, stated that the testing was not a controversial issue in the community.
Also, to date, Great Neck parents have been hesitant to discuss the opt-in/opt-out issue and chose not to be interviewed. Some local parents andd educators did expressed their “mistrust” in the use of eventual test results, but would not speak “on-the-record.” Many feared that the state (and not the school district) would use test scores in a way that could result in negative repercussions. Then, as now, some chose to opt-out, while others allowed their children to take these controversial tests.
Lori Beth Schwartz, president of the school district’s United Parent-Teacher Council (UPTC) executive board, echoed Dolan’s thoughts, also emphasizing that the decision is totally in the hands of the parents.
However, these controversial exams remain a quiet issue in Great Neck, not much of an issue at all. Opting-out in Great Neck remains a private, parental decision.
(Editor’s Note: According to the Facebook page for the group Long Island Opt Out, 272 students, or 10 percent of Great Neck students opted out of these tests. The Record does not consider these official results and, to date, the Great Neck School District has not released the official results. Note, though, that in these unofficial statistics shown in the accompanying graphics, the Great Neck School District had one of the lowest percentages of students opting out of the exams. According to the statistics, the total number of opt outs on Long Island is 82,036.)
With a proposed 2015-16 budget in place that features only a slight increase, [Read more…]
The Nassau County Police Department Third Squad reports the details of a fatal vehicular accident which occurred on Monday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m., in Lake Success involving a Great Neck teenager.
According to detectives, a woman, 19 years of age, identified as Adana Taranis (a graduate of Great Neck South High school in 2014), was traveling eastbound on the Long Island Expressway South Service Road, in the vicinity of Community Drive, when her vehicle lost control and struck a tree. She was pronounced dead at the scene by a Nassau County AMT at 7:50 p.m. There were no passengers in the vehicle. No criminality is suspected at this time.
The Nassau County District Attorney’s office reports a drug and assault arrest weapon scheme reportedly involving a Great Neck cardiologist. Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas, Nassau County Police Department Acting Commissioner Thomas Krumpter and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration announced the “joint take-down” of a murder-for-hire scheme allegedly plotted by a Nassau County cardiologist who is also accused of selling assault weapons and prescriptions to controlled substances.
The DA’s office report that three defendants (Dr. Anthony Moschetto, 54, of Sands Point whose office is in Great Neck on Northern Boulevard; James Chmela, 44, of Selden; and James Kalamaras, 41, of Suffolk County) were arrested by Nassau police and federal officials last week, on Wednesday, April 15, and were expected to be arraigned that afternoon in First District Court in Hempstead. Arraignment was to be on various charge,s including conspiracy, criminal solicitation, arson and the criminal possession and sale of weapons and drugs.