The Great Neck Board of Education voted to approve more than two dozen people to school posts on Thursday night, ranging from interns to administrative leaders.
Among the appointments were Barbara Berkowitz as president, a position she has served in for 12 years, Donald Ashkenase as vice president, Jacqueline Lizza, who came in as the district clerk about a year ago, and Carol A. Blach, who John Powell, the assistant superintendent for business, called “the heart and soul of the business office.”
The school board also announced that Great Neck South Middle School would be getting two new assistant principals: Leonard “Lenny” DiBiase and Ryan Nadherny.
DiBiase previously served as the principal of Albany Avenue Elementary School and the coordinator of career and technical education and library media specialists for the Lindenhurt Union Free School District.
Nadherny has worked in both of the Great Neck middle schools. His most recent experience comes as a school counselor and head of the guidance department at Great Neck South Middle School.
“We very much look forward to seeing you in your new role,” Barbara Berkowitz, president of the Great Neck Board of Education, said. “It is not that you are new to Great Neck, because you have been here in North Middle School and South Middle School already.”
The school board also approved appointments for three auditors, two lawyers, financial advisors and preparers, physicians, registrars, record managers and other staff.
Due to a policy change, the school board also designated Teresa Prendergast, the superintendent of schools, as the district’s chief emergency officer.