New York, NY - His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America, has established a Coalition of interested clergy, laity and educators, to actively reverse the recently announced policy of the New York State Education Department to change the policy regarding Regents credits and the annual Modern Greek Language Examination.
As a result of a meeting of some 60 representatives of area Greek language and parochial schools, clergy and parishes, a committee was appointed to go to Albany on Wednesday, Nov. 18, to meet with Education Department officials. According to Chairman James Comack, the meeting was highly productive with both sides having an opportunity to discuss their positions, and constructive proposals were raised to directly address the concerns of the Archdiocese.
Mr. Comack indicated that the issues have been placed on a "fast track" for resolution and that he expects further word from the State Education Department by November 25th. The Archdiocesan delegation in addition to Mr. Comack of St. Paul's Cathedral in Hempstead, NY, were: Rev. George Stavropoulos, Holy Trinity Church, Hicksville, NY, representing His Eminence Archbishop Spyridon; Maria Makedon, Assistant Director of the Archdiocese Office of Education; Alex Pritsos, President of the School Board/After School Program at St. Nicholas Church, Flushing; Dr. Constantine Rizopoulos, Supervising Principal St. Demetrios School, Astoria, NY; Dean Galitsis, District Supervisor for Foreign Languages, Hicksville School District; Charles Capetanakis, Community School Board, District 20, NYC Board of Education; and Peter Vlitas, President of Board of Trustees, SS. Constantine and Helen Cathedral, Brooklyn, NY.