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“Superintendent’s Corner”
July 7, 2014


As many of you may know, the Greenburgh North Castle Union Free School District (GNC UFSD) is a public school district that educates students from the greater metropolitan area and beyond. The District is comprised of four alternate junior/high schools located in Westchester County and Orange County. The overall student body is over 450 students with 150 students in our residential dormitories.

The students who attend our schools are all challenged academically and socially and come from extraordinary impoverished communities. Almost all students qualify for the federal free lunch program. In spite of the many obstacles our students encounter, they are resilient. GNC UFSD has the highest graduation rate of any similar school in New York State and approximately 40% of our students attend college. Due to the State funding system, GNC UFSD is one of the poorest districts in our State. Therefore, the District has very few extracurricular activities to offer students, including athletic teams.

One of my goals for the District beginning in September is to introduce lacrosse to our students via physical education classes and an intermural program. Within two years I hope to enter a team into the Section 1 League and compete with other high schools in our area. Our biggest plus is that our students are eager to learn to play lacrosse and motivated to compete on a competitive level. However, our biggest obstacle is that the District cannot afford lacrosse equipment.

To make the GNC UFSD dream of fielding a lacrosse team a reality, I need your support. Please consider donating any used lacrosse equipment (helmets, sticks, cleats, gloves, rib guards, uniforms and balls) you may have or pass the word to a friend who may have lacrosse equipment that is not being used. We are more than willing to accept lacrosse equipment in any condition. If you don’t have lacrosse equipment please consider a small donation to help jump start the program. Your generosity will go a long way with our students and thank you for considering a donation to the GNC UFSD “Knights”.

Please go to our District website ( to view our four schools and for more information regarding potential donations my contact information is as follows: Cell: 914-357-1334 and Email:


If you would like more information regarding GNC please visit our website ( For referral information please contact Dr. Robin Levine at 914-798-7200 ext.2232 regarding day placement and for residential placement please contact either Jill Bergner, Director of Intake, at 914-693-3030 ext. 2037 or Karen Safris, Supervisor of Intake, at 914-949-0665 ext. 2301.

Dr. Edward Placke
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