Barbara Berkowitz, president of the Great Neck Board of Education, announced on Monday that she will run for re-election in May.
Berkowitz, in an emailed statement, reflected on the past year and her gratitude for serving the community for almost 30 years.
“One year ago today we were still somewhat naively innocent about covid, not knowing what a tempestuous year was ahead for each of us,” Berkowitz said in the email. “Fast forward to March 1st, 2021 and I’m writing to you today to announce that I will be running for re-election to the School Board on May 18th. It has been my greatest honor to serve this community and I hope to be allowed to do so for another term.”
Berkowitz was appointed to the Board of Education in 1992 and is currently serving her ninth term. Berkowitz has held the longest consecutive term as president of the Board of Education, a position she has held since 2006. She also served as vice president of the board from 2000 to 2003.
Before becoming a board member, Berkowitz served the school district community in other ways, including being a member and executive board officer for the E.M. Baker School Parent Teacher Association. She was also a member and budget chairperson for United Parent-Teacher Council and a member of Shared Decision-Making Committees at both Baker School and North Middle School.
The deadline for candidates to file a petition to run in school board races is April 19, with the election and budget vote on May 18.