A Farewell for Larry Gross


At the regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting to be held on Monday, June 19, there will be a farewell to long-time Board Trustee Lawrence (Larry) Gross. At Mr. Gross' request, the acknowledgement will be a simple one; he wishes neither a retirement party nor a formal send-off. The Board meeting, to be held at South High School, is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. Also to be celebrated at the meeting will be those teachers and administrators who will be receiving tenure. A dessert reception will follow.

In March, Mr. Gross announced that he and his wife would be moving to New York City, and he, therefore, would not be running for re-election in May. (Board of Education members must be residents of the school district.) Mr. Gross was first elected to the Board of Education in 1981, following on the heels of a contentious decision to close schools in Great Neck. Over his 36 years on the Board, he has served as its president three times, from 1982-85, 1991-95, and 2003-06, and as vice president, the position he now holds, from 1987-91, 1998-2000, and 2012-present. Mr. Gross is the recipient of the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association (N-SSBA) 2017 Outstanding School Board Service Award. The Service Award recognizes extraordinary contributions by school board members to local school boards and communities. In her speech at the Award presentation ceremony, Board of Education President Barbara Berkowitz characterized Mr. Gross as the “consummate school board trustee who works collaboratively with the Board, administrators, staff, and community.” She went on to say, “He is, without question, the quintessential School Board trustee. He has served the Great Neck Board of Education for 36 years, 10 as president and another 13 as vice president. He promotes cohesiveness and has been a mentor to all who follow in his path. Larry Gross is famous for listening to all sides of an issue, contemplating his decisions with precision and fairness, and isn’t averse to changing his mind after listening to another point of view. He has always been available for anything asked of him, be it to present a topic at a meeting, or chair a committee. The public has tremendous confidence in the issues he presents, as he does so with immersed and complete knowledge. Larry Gross exemplifies the adage that there is no “i” in “team.” Due to a move out of the district, Mr. Gross will be retiring from the Board of Education on June 30, at the conclusion of his twelfth term as a Board Trustee.

Please join us to acknowledge Larry's accomplishments at the Board of Education meeting on June 19th.

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