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Message from the Superintendent, Nov. 22

November 22, 2023

Dear GNPS Community,

Thanksgiving is a time that allows us to reflect upon what matters most to each of us.  I am hopeful that this holiday break gives you an opportunity to spend time with family, friends and cherished loved ones.  During these very trying times, I hope we can all take a moment to reflect upon how much we have to be thankful for. 

Among the things I am thankful for is the opportunity to serve as your instructional leader.  In the brief time I have been with you in Great Neck, I have quickly learned a great deal about this community.  Great Neck is home to talented educators and dedicated leaders committed to providing students with the best possible instructional and extra-curricular experiences.  I’m also thankful for the community’s support of our schools and programs. This district provides opportunities and resources that truly help students to reach their own full potential and engage in new discoveries each day.

The Board of Education has committed to leading by example.  At last night’s public meeting, the Board unanimously voted to support a resolution titled:  Urgent call for Unequivocal Condemnation of Antisemitism, Islamophobia and Hamas Terrorism. This is the result of a draft the Board has been working on for several weeks in response to the October 7 attacks. The full text of the resolution can be found on the homepage of the GNPS website linked here.  To my knowledge, the GNPS Board of Education is the first in New York State to pass such a resolution.  Great Neck will continue to strive to be a lighthouse district for others to follow.  We look forward to partnering with parents and community members to review and refine our curriculum and program offerings targeted at fighting all forms of bias and hate.  Please be attentive to forthcoming notices of public presentations that will be made on these important topics.

Once again, I am hopeful that the Thanksgiving holiday brings both joy and peace to your home.  For our students, please join me in “unplugging” and being fully present with those who mean the most.

Warm Regards,

Kenneth R. Bossert, Ed.D.
Superintendent, Great Neck Public Schools