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Announces Three School Board Candidates

SBNC Statement from Jordan Copeland, 2019 SBNC Chair

March 25, 2019 – As the 2019 School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) has completed its nomination of Karen Ceske, Carl Finger, and Ron Schulhof for election to the Scarsdale Board of Education, I thank the members of the SBNC for their dedication, thoughtfulness, and diligence in performing this important civic responsibility. I also thank all of the applicants. Scarsdale benefits when so many talented citizens are willing to present themselves to the SBNC each year, as well as from the efforts of an engaged SBNC.

Our community created the SBNC to nominate school board candidates who will work to maintain and enhance the quality of education provided by the Scarsdale schools. This year the SBNC was composed of 27 voting members (elected from each of the five elementary school areas) and three non-voting members. Pursuant to its governing resolution, the SBNC judges and selects candidates “solely on their qualifications to serve the community.”

If elected to the school board on May 21st, 2019, Karen, Carl, and Ron will assume their roles on the School Board for three-year terms effective July 1. The SBNC is grateful to the talented and engaged citizens who were willing to put themselves forward to serve on the Board of Education. All current voting members of SBNC signed the nominating petitions.

The Candidates

The SBNC strongly endorses Karen Ceske, Carl Finger, and Ron Schulhof for election to the School Board. The three candidates will bring different backgrounds and experiences to serve the community, and share a deep commitment to maintaining the excellence of the Scarsdale schools and serving different constituents.

Karen Ceske

Karen Ceske has been an independent reading and writing tutor for over 18 years, supporting students of all abilities from a range of colleges and high schools. She previously worked as an English and Social Studies teacher at the Academy of Mount Saint Ursula in the Bronx. She holds a BA in History from Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, and an MA in the Teaching of English from Columbia University, Teachers College.

Karen and her husband Rob have lived in Scarsdale for over 15 years. They have a daughter in college and a son who is a senior at Scarsdale High School. Karen has served as President of the Scarsdale Council of Parent-Teacher Associations, President of the Scarsdale High School PTA, Chair of the Scarsdale High School PTA Scholarship Fund for College, Secretary of the Scarsdale Middle School PTA, and President of the Greenacres School PTA. She also has served on other community boards including the Friends of the Scarsdale Library, the Scarsdale Adult School, the Scarsdale Student Transfer Education Program (STEP), the Greenacres Neighborhood Association, and the Hitchcock Church Weekday School.

Carl Finger

Carl Finger has been an active citizen in village government, serving as Scarsdale Village Deputy Mayor, Scarsdale Village Trustee, Chair of Law Committee, Chair of Finance Committee and Chair of Personnel Committee. Carl was on the Board of Architectural Review and the Conservation Advisory Council. County-wide, he has served on subcommittees of the Environmental Committee of the Westchester County Board of Legislators and the Public Works Committee of the Westchester County Board of Legislators. Through Bet Am Shalom Synagogue, Carl has served on the Vision Committee and the Educational Director Search Committee.

Carl is an alumnus of the Scarsdale Schools who returned more than 20 years ago with his wife Eve. Carl’s two children currently attend Scarsdale High School. An attorney and principal at Finger & Finger, Carl’s practice includes Real Estate, Cooperative/Condominium, Landlord Tenant, Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Workers’ Compensation, and Tax Certiorari. He holds a BA from Brandeis University, a JD from the Boston University School of Law and an LL.M in environmental law from Pace University School of Law. Carl has been a softball and basketball coach, an umpire, and served two years as the local “Good Humor Man.”

Ron Schulhof

Ron Schulhof is a 5 year resident of Scarsdale with a child who attends the Quaker Ridge School and a preschooler. Ron currently performs pro-bono consulting work and is a private investor. Before that, he worked on Bond Trading Desks at Bear Stearns & Co., and FBR Capital Markets and then in Corporate Strategy at Deloitte. Ron holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BA in Economics from Lehigh University.

Ron has been an active community volunteer since moving to Scarsdale with his wife Rachel. He is the current Sustainability Chair for the Scarsdale Council of Parent-Teacher Associations (PTC) and for the Quaker Ridge PTA, served on the Butler Field Committee and has been a coach and mentor to SHS interns and students. Ron chairs the Village Conservation Advisory Council and the LED Streetlight Committee. He recently completed a three-year term as a member of the Citizens Nominating Committee. He serves on the Scarsdale Forum Board of Directors and Audit Committee. Ron is also a little league coach.

The School Board Nomination Process

The SBNC nomination process involves several stages. The SBNC initially heard current school board members’ views on the role and structure of the school board, the school board’s relationship to various stakeholders, the roles and responsibilities of board members, and the anticipated challenges and opportunities for the school board during the next three years. SBNC members then sought potential board candidates through public appeals and by recruiting committed community members. Each interested applicant submitted a biographical form and presented orally to the SBNC in the late winter.

Pursuant to rules of procedure, committee members conducted due diligence by confidentially contacting dozens of people outside of SBNC for their input about the candidates’ qualifications to serve the community. In order to get a complete view of the applicant, SBNC members contacted both references provided by the applicant, as well as “off-list” individuals who were known to have had interactions with the applicant, such as serving closely in the same organization. Committee members then reported relevant factual information to the other committee members, who were instructed to keep open minds and listen to one another carefully.

The committee discussed the qualifications of all proposed candidates fully and candidly before taking a vote, and voted by secret ballot to fill each vacancy in turn. This year’s SBNC members devoted in aggregate well over 1,000 hours to their charge. The process was serious and focused, with respect for differing opinions. Discussions and deliberations regarding candidates are confidential in order to encourage people to apply, protect the privacy of candidates and references, allow for candid discussion among SBNC members, and select nominees based solely upon their qualifications.

For more information about the SBNC and its procedures, visit the “About Us” and “Join the School Board.

Please Participate

Scarsdale is fortunate to maintain a nonpartisan election process for the Board of Education that selects candidates based solely on their qualifications to serve, not on their campaigning abilities or positions on specific issues. Informed and engaged residents willing to serve on the SBNC and the School Board, along with voter participation, help to ensure the highest quality school board leadership. Please consider serving or suggesting other school district residents to fill future vacancies. You can do so at any time by emailing sbncchair@gmail.com

Finally, please remember to vote on the school budget and in the school board election on May 21, 2019 at the Scarsdale Middle School between 7am and 9pm.

 


SBNC seeks candidates to nominate for three seats on the Scarsdale School Board

Nina Ledis Cannon not seeking second term on Board of Education.

Scarsdale, NY (1/14/19) – The School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) is seeking to identify potential candidates to serve on the Scarsdale Board of Education.  The SBNC held its first meeting of 2019 on January 13th and is now engaged in active outreach to build a robust candidate pool.

Over the next several weeks, SBNC members will recruit and review candidates in order to nominate three candidates for the nonpartisan slate in the next school board election.  The school board election and budget vote are slated for Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Bill Natbony and Leila Maude are completing their tenures on the board and Nina Ledis Cannon has chosen not to seek renomination.   

The SBNC invites all Scarsdale School District residents to propose names of qualified individuals to serve on the Scarsdale Board of Education by email to sbncchair@gmail.com.   A candidate must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, a qualified voter, and a resident of the Scarsdale School District for at least one year prior to the May 21st school board election date. Jordan Copeland, SBNC Chair, stated: “The non-partisan SBNC process is critical to the excellence of our Board of Education and our schools.  This year we will be proposing three new candidates for the Board, so this is a rare opportunity for service-minded Scarsdalians to help shape the educational policies that profoundly affect the children of our community.”

Interested candidates should complete a biographical information form and submit it via email to the SBNC Chair, Jordan Copeland, at sbncchair@gmail.com as soon as possible, but no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.  Forms are available on the SBNC website at www.scarsdalesbnc.com.  Please see the “Join the School Board” tab or contact the SBNC Chair for further information.

Contacts:

Jordan Copeland, Chair

Tanya Singer, Vice Chair


RESULTS OF THE SBNC ELECTION

January 9, 2019

Twelve candidates have been elected to join the School Board Nominating Committee for  2019.

The following candidates were elected:

Edgewood: David Benderson & Amy Schiff

Fox Meadow: Laura Gelblum & Seema Jaggi

Greenacres: Todd Cohen, Jeniffer Fischer & Xue Su

Heathcote: Anirudh Bansal, Chris Marks & “Laura” Yung Liu

Quaker Ridge: Ekta Sahni  & Rob Tepper

A total of 240 votes were cast in the election, of which 6 were mail-in ballots.
 
Here is the breakdown of votes cast by neighborhood:
Edgewood:  25
Fox Meadow: 38
GreenAcres: 61
Heathcote: 73
Quaker Ridge: 43
 
This year’s new members will join the existing SBNC members of the committee serving staggered three-year terms.  Note that Todd Cohen will serve a 2 year term in Greenacres, Anirudh Bansal will serve a 1 year seat in Heathcote, and Rob Tepper will serve a 2 year term in Quaker Ridge.
 
The committee will have its first meeting on January 13, 2019 and by the end of March it will nominate 3 candidates for the Scarsdale Board of Education to fill the seats currently held by Nina Ledis Cannon, Leila Maude, and William (Bill) Natbony. All Scarsdale residents are welcome to propose Board of Education candidates to the SBNC. The SBNC Board of Education candidates, along with any other candidates who may choose to run, will stand for public election in May at the same time as the school budget vote.
Press Contact:             Wendy Gendel

(917) 921-4538
wendykgendel@gmail.com



Candidates to run for the 2019 SBNC election year

December 16, 2018

The School Board Nominating Committee plays an integral role in shaping the excellence of the Scarsdale schools. By involving a wide breadth of community members, the SBNC helps fulfill its mission of evaluating and choosing the most qualified nominees for Scarsdale’s Board of Education. Since September, the Administrative Committee of the
SBNC has been recruiting SBNC candidates. Serving on the SBNC is a manageable time commitment and is one of the most interesting and impactful volunteer opportunities in town. All residents are encouraged to consider running for the SBNC

The twelve 2019 SBNC candidates elected on January 8th, 2019 will join eighteen others on the committee serving staggered three-year terms. By the end of March 2019, the SBNC will nominate three individuals to run for the Scarsdale Board of Education to fill seats currently held by Nina Ledis Cannon, Leila Maude, and William (Bill) Natbony. All community members are welcome to propose Board of Education candidates to the SBNC. The SBNC slate of Board of Education candidates, along with any other individuals who may choose to run, will stand for public election May 21st, 2019 during the school budget vote.

Be Part of the Process and Vote

The SBNC election will take place Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 from 7 – 10 AM and 2 – 9 PM in the Scarsdale Middle School Auditorium Lobby at 134 Mamaroneck Rd. In the event schools are closed on Election Day, the election will be held on the earlier of (i) Wednesday, January 9th, 2019, or (ii) the next day school is in session. Any Snow Date or
Run-off election would be held in the SMS Auditorium Lobby at the times given above.

A mail-in ballot is available for those who choose not to vote in person. Copies of the mail-in ballot are available to the public in hard copy at Scarsdale Village Hall and the Scarsdale Library Loft at Supply Field; 244 Heathcote Road and in electronic form on this site at this page. Completed mail-in ballots must be sent to: SBNC Administrative
Chair, PO Box 172H, Scarsdale, NY 10583 and received in the SBNC PO Box no later than 4 PM on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019. Submit your mail-in ballot now if you will not be voting in person

Any resident of the School District may vote who is (i) a US citizen; (ii) 18 years of age or older; and (iii) a resident of the School District for 30 days prior to the election.

Following are the list of those running from each neighborhood along with biographies of each candidate:

EDGEWOOD

AMY SCHIFF: 44 Lyons Road Years of Residency: 20 years

Occupation: Voice teacher-private lessons/musical director at not for profit children’s theater Arc Stages.

Education: BA Music Binghamton University, MA NYU Vocal Performance

Child’s/Children’s age(s):  10

Civic Activities: Edgewood PTA 5 years, Cultural Arts Chair (school assemblies) 2 years, class parent 4 years, Girl Scout assistant leader 1 year, Bet Am Shalom “Green” committee, Bet Am Shalom Open Arms Shelter donations committee, Edgewood Classical Cafe Chair 2 years

DAVID BENDERSON: 14 Hamilton Road Years of Residency: 4 Years

Occupation: Ophthalmologist; Director, Valley Medical Group Ophthalmology

Education: BA – Penn State, MD-Penn State, Internship in Internal Medicine – Abington Memorial Hospital, Residency in Ophthalmology – University of Maryland Medical System

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 11, 7

Civic Activities: Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emmanuel – co-chair, Social Action committee (2018) ; Organizer/Advocate – Edgewood Parents of off-site Inclusion Classroom Children (2017), Volunteer – Edgewood Fair (2016, 2017); Volunteer – Young Writers’ Workshop (2016); Volunteer/Guest Lecturer – Valley Hospital Department of Community Health and Community Benefit (2015 – 2018); Volunteer/Guest Lecturer – Thrive! for Women (health education program in Bergen County – 2017), Organizer/Fundraiser – Colleen Conway Grace, MD Lectureship in Ophthalmology, University of Maryland Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (2015 – 2016)

FOX MEADOW

LAURA GELBLUM: 45 Brewster Road Years of Residency17 Years

Occupation: Stay-at-home mom and community volunteer; former marketer at Lancome and American Express

Education: Emory University, BA  in Political Science

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 19, 17, 14, 10

Civic Activities:  Friends of Music & The Arts – Executive Committee Member; Fox Meadow Neighborhood Association – Executive Committee MemberScarsdale High School PTA – College and Career Center Volunteer, YES Office Volunteer; Scarsdale Middle School PTA – 8thGrade Activities Committee Member, MultiCultural Luncheon Committee Member; Fox Meadow PTA – Compact Committee Member, Friends of Music & The Arts Liaison, Abilities Awareness Committee Member, PT Council Young Writers Workshop Volunteer, and other roles; Temple Israel Center- Executive Committee Member, Board of Trustees Member, Nursery School Board Co-Chair, Nursery School Director Search Committee Member.

SEEMA JAGGI: 14 Overhill Road Years of Residency: 13 years

Occupation: Stay-home mom

Education: BS Purdue University, SM MIT, PhD MIT

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 18, 15, 12

Civic Activities: Junior League of Central Westchester Active member 2007-2014, JLCW Treasurer 2008-2010, Fox Meadow PTA Treasurer 2010-2012, Scarsdale Middle School PTA President 2013-2014, Scarsdale Council of PTAs Treasurer 2014-2016, Co-Chair PT Council STEAM Day Committee Fall 2016 and Spring 2018, Scarsdale High School PTA Treasurer 2018-present, Scarsdale Schools Education Foundation Board Member.

GREENACRES

TODD COHEN: 1197 Post Road Years of Residency: 11 Years

Occupation: Attorney

Education: Northwestern University, BA in Economics; New York University School of Law, JD

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 15,15,10,8

Civic Activities:None

JENNIFER FISCHER: 28 Greenacres Avenue Years of Residency: 9 Years

Occupation: Stay-at-home mom, formerly Fashion Director of Sales, WWD

Education: BS, College of Journalism, University of Maryland

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 19, 17, 15, 8

Civic Activities: Pleasantville Cottages Volunteer (2017-present), PTC nominating committee 2018-19, Scarsdale Downtown Revitalization Committee (2016-present), Greenacres Fundraiser co-chair, 2018-19, Greenacres teacher appreciation chair 2018-19, Fenway Golf Club Board of Trustees (2017-present), WRT Family Mitzvah Corps steering committee (2017-present), White Plains March for our Lives organizing committee, 2018, Artful Looking volunteer (2015-present), Greenacres class parent (2015-present) VP Fundraising, Greenacres (2016-2018), White Plains Hospital Pediatric Advisory Council (2017), WRT Cooking for a Cause (2012-14) WRT EC Fundraiser Chair (2012-14)

XUE SU: 32 Kingston Road Years of Residency: 6 Years – (note: This candidate’s name will not appear on the mailer)

Occupation: Stay-at-home mom, formerly Actuarial Analyst at Milliman Consulting Company,  Guardian Life Insurance Company

Education:MS, Mathematics, University of Connecticut; BS, Computational Mathematics, Nanjing University, China

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 13, 7

Civic Activities: Greenacres PTA: Parent Education Committee Chair (2017-present),  Co-chair (2013-2015); Cultural Arts Committee Chair (2018-present); Multicultural Committee Asian Coordinator (2012-2017); Greenacres Neighborhood Association Board member (2016-present);Scarsdale Chinese Association President (2016-2017);Scarsdale Forum Education Committee member (2015-present); Friends of Music and Arts Liaison (2015-2017)

HEATHCOTE (Vote for up to 3 candidates)

ANIRUDH BANSAL: 40 Birchall Drive Years of Residency: 12 years, 10 months

Occupation: Lawyer

Education: A.B. in Politics, J.D.

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 16, 12, 9

Civic Activities: None

CHRISTOPHER MARKS: 28 Secor Road Years of Residency:14 years

Occupation:Attorney

Education: Carleton College (B.A. Economics, 1992) Univ. of Dayton School of Law (J.D. 1995)

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 13, 11

Civic Activities: SMS PTA Exec. Committee, VP of Membership & Student Directory (2017-present); Heathcote PTA Exec. Committee, VP of Technology (2013-2016); Heathcote Capital Project Planning Committee (2015-16); Heathcote PTA Website Chair (2011-2016)

“LAURA” YING LIU: 2 Wheelock Road  Years of Residency8 Years

Occupation: Stay at home parent

Education: Beijing University, B.S. (Chemistry); Cornell University, MBA

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 12, 10, 10

Civic Activities: Heathcote PTA Executive Committee, PTA Secretary (2015- 2017): Heathcote PTA Learning to Look and Multicultural Committee volunteer (2015-2018), Team leader positions at HuaXia Greater New York Chinese School (2014-2018), Scarsdale Chinese Association volunteer, Scarsdale Library community outreach volunteer

QUAKER RIDGE 

EKTA SAHNI VISWANATHAN: 20 Griffen Avenue Years of Residency: 3 Years

Occupation: Banking

Education: Master’s in Economics from Delhi School of Economics – India & MBA finance – University of Connecticut

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 12, 9

Civic Activities: NY PACE – Small Business Opportunities/Mentoring for Minorities, Education outreach programs for girls throughvarious non-profits in India, PTA, March of Dimes and Building with Books volunteer.

ROBERT TEPPER3 Continental Road  Years of Residency: 1 year, 5 months

Occupation: Venture Capital Partner/Investor

Education: Bachelor of Arts, University of Hartford/College of Arts and Sciences

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 13, 11, 8

Civic Activities:Scarsdale School Board Nominating Committee, 2018 (served the final year for a departing committee member); Board of Directors of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, Seattle and Bellevue, Wa., 2016-2017; Board of Directors of Kirkland, (Wa.) Little League, 2016-2017; Special Needs Liaison for the Lake Washington School District, 2012-2017; Head Coach for Kirkland Wa. Little League team, 2014-2017.

Press Contact:             Wendy Gendel

(917) 921-4538
wendykgendel@gmail.com


Scarsdale School Board Nominating Committee Press Release

September 24, 2018 

The School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) is seeking candidates to run for committee positions with terms beginning in January 2019. The SBNC is a committee of citizens elected from across the Village for the important purpose of nominating candidates to fill vacancies on the Scarsdale Board of Education.  SBNC members serve a vital function within our village and we strongly encourage all residents interested in maintaining the excellence of Scarsdale schools to consider running for an SBNC position.  

Each year, two members are elected from each of the five elementary school districts to serve a term of three years on the Nominating Committee, an additional year on the Administrative Committee, and a final year on the Joint Committee.

If you’re interested in running for the committee, more information and biographical and petition forms are available here.


Scarsdale School Board Nominating Committee Statement

THOROUGH NOMINATING COMMITTEE PROCESS YIELDS TWO EXCELLENT SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES

By Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, 2018 SBNC Chair

April 12, 2018 – As the 2018 School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) has completed its nomination of Woodrow Crouch and Alison Singer for election to the Scarsdale Board of Education, I thank the members of the SBNC for their dedication, thoughtfulness, and diligence in performing this important civic responsibility. I also thank all of the applicants. Scarsdale benefits when many talented citizens are willing to present themselves to the SBNC each year, as well as from the efforts of an engaged SBNC.

Our community created the SBNC to nominate school board candidates who will work to maintain and enhance the quality of education provided by the Scarsdale schools. The SBNC is composed of 30 voting members (six elected from each of the five elementary school areas), a non-voting chair and non-voting vice-chair, and two non-voting appointees from TVCC and SNAP. Pursuant to its governing resolution, it judges and selects candidates “solely on their qualifications to serve the community.”

This year, the SBNC nominated Alison and Woody to fill the two seats that open and begin on July 1, 2018. The SBNC considered many more candidates than could be selected for the two available positions. All current SBNC members signed the nominating petitions.

The Candidates

The SBNC strongly endorses Alison and Woody for election to the School Board. They bring different professional and personal experiences and perspectives to our community. They share a deep commitment to maintaining the excellence of the Scarsdale schools and serving constituents with multiple points of view.

Woodrow Crouch worked at the New York Power Authority (NYPA) for 30 years, where he managed major engineering and construction projects and collaborated with colleagues, residents, politicians and unions, and he continues to work in the industry. He served as president and chaired the construction committee of the US Committee on Large Dams and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He holds a BS from the US Merchant Marine Academy and MS from Columbia University.

Woody and his wife Mary have lived in Scarsdale for 40 years, where he has served as president of the Drake Edgewood Association, chaired SNAP and the Edgewood Athletic Association, coached, and was on the board and treasurer of IHM’s religious school.  He currently is a merit badge counselor for Scarsdale Boy Scouts Troop 2 and a board member and past board chair of the Sturge-Weber Foundation. Five of his grandchildren now attend the Scarsdale schools.

Alison Singer is president of the Autism Science Foundation, dedicated to funding innovative autism research and supporting the needs of people with autism. She worked for 15 years in communications, including at NBC, where she engaged in team-oriented work to produce news programs and in business negotiations and personnel matters.   Alison holds a BA in Economics from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Alison and her husband Dan have lived in Scarsdale for 18 years, and their two daughters attended the Scarsdale schools. She chaired the SBNC Administrative and Joint Committees and the Parent Committee of the high school speech and debate team. She served on the School District’s Committees on Special Education and Preschool Special Education and the search committee for the Director of Special Education and Student Services.

The School Board Nomination Process  

The SBNC nomination process involves several stages.   In January, the SBNC heard current school board members’ views on the role and responsibilities of board members and the School District’s opportunities and challenges. SBNC members sought potential board candidates. Each interested applicant submitted a biographical form and then presented orally to the SBNC in February or March.

Pursuant to rules of procedure, committee members conducted due diligence by contacting dozens of people outside of SBNC familiar with the applicants, presented confidential due diligence reports, shared relevant factual information and experiences, focused on the many positive attributes of this year’s candidate pool, and listened to one another carefully.

Discussions and deliberations regarding candidates are confidential in order to encourage people to apply, protect the privacy of candidates and references, allow for candid discussion among SBNC members, and select nominees based on their qualifications.

The committee discussed fully and candidly the qualifications of all proposed candidates before there was any vote, and it voted by secret ballot to fill each vacancy. This year’s SBNC members devoted an estimated 1,600 total hours (an average of 50 hours per person) to their charge. The process was serious and deliberate, with respect for differing opinions.

For more information about the SBNC and its procedures, visit the “About Us” and “Join the School Board” pages of www.scarsdalesbnc.com.

Please Participate

Scarsdale is fortunate to maintain a nonpartisan election process for the Board of Education that selects candidates based solely on their qualifications to serve, not on their campaigning abilities or positions on specific issues. Informed and engaged residents willing to serve on the SBNC and the School Board, along with voter participation, help to ensure the highest quality school board leadership. Please consider serving or suggesting other school district residents to fill future vacancies.

Finally, please remember to vote on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 on the school budget and in the school board election.

For PDF version of this Statement, click here SBNC Statement April 2018 – PDF.

Scarsdale School Board Nominating Committee Press Release

SBNC NOMINATES TWO CANDIDATES TO SCHOOL BOARD

March 13, 2018 – The 2018 School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) has completed its process of recruiting, vetting and selecting two nominees for the 2018 non-partisan slate for election to the Scarsdale Board of Education. There was a robust and highly talented candidate pool, from which the SBNC selected Woodrow (Woody) Crouch and Alison Singer.  If elected during the school board election on May 15, 2018, Crouch and Singer will assume their roles as first term school board members effective July 1, 2018.

The SBNC is a non-partisan committee composed of 30 voting members (six from each of the five election districts corresponding with the elementary school districts) and four non-voting members. Over the course of Sunday meetings from January through March, this year’s committee conducted extensive candidate outreach to encourage interested community members to apply, listened to applicant presentations, conducted detailed due diligence on all applicants, and considered potential candidates’ qualifications. Pursuant to the SBNC Resolution, committee deliberations concerning candidates are confidential.

Through thoughtful discussion and consideration, and pursuant to the SBNC Resolution, the SBNC “judged and selected [candidates] solely on their qualifications to serve the community.” This engaged and focused practice resulted in the nomination of two outstanding candidates, Crouch and Singer.

The SBNC congratulates the 2018 nominees and thanks all applicants who put themselves forward for candidacy. “I thank the entire SBNC, all applicants, and the Scarsdale community for their commitment to the Scarsdale School system and educational excellence,” noted Liz Guggenheimer, 2018 SBNC Chair.

Please remember to vote on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 in the school board election, the same day as the 2018-2019 school budget vote. For more information on the SBNC, including the governing Resolution, please visit the SBNC website at www.scarsdalesbnc.com or contact the SBNC Chair.

Inquiries and contact information:

Liz Guggenheimer, sbncchair@gmail.com

Alison Singer, alisonteppersinger@gmail.com

Woodrow Crouch, crouchw@verizon.net

SCARSDALE SCHOOL BOARD NOMINATING COMMITTEE

PRESS RELEASE

SBNC seeks candidates for nomination to the Scarsdale School Board

Arthur Rublin to step down from Board of Education after one term

Scarsdale, NY (1/22/18) – Members of the School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) are seeking to identify potential candidates to serve on the Scarsdale Board of Education.  Over the next few weeks, SBNC members will recruit and review candidates to fill two seats for a three-year term commencing with the 2018-2019 school year.

The SBNC invites all Scarsdale School District residents to propose names of qualified individuals to serve on the Scarsdale Board of Education. A candidate must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, a qualified voter, and a resident of the Scarsdale School District for at least one year prior to the May 15th election date.

School Board member Arthur Rublin has informed the SBNC that, although eligible for re-election to the Scarsdale Board of Education, he will not be seeking nomination for a second term.   Mr. Rublin has served on the School Board since 2015 and, for professional reasons, has decided not to seek a second term because he recently began a new professional opportunity.

Mr. Rublin commented: “I am grateful to the SBNC and Scarsdale School District voters for honoring me with the opportunity to serve the School District, its students, and the community at large.”

Elizabeth (Liz) Guggenheimer, SBNC Chair stated: “On behalf of the SBNC, I would like to thank Art for his dedicated service to the school district and the community and wish him well in his future endeavors. We are pleased that Art, a longstanding community volunteer, plans to remain involved in Scarsdale and education activities through and after the end of his term.”

In addition to nominating a candidate to fill the seat currently held by Art Rublin, the SBNC will nominate a candidate to fill the seat currently held by Pamela Fuehrer, who is completing her first term and is eligible for re-nomination.

The SBNC held its first meeting of the season on January 21st and is now engaged in active outreach to build a robust candidate pool. The SBNC will nominate two candidates to the School Board by March 31, 2018 for the nonpartisan slate in the next school board election. The election is Tuesday May 15, 2018 at the same time and place as the school budget vote.

Interested School Board candidates should complete a biographical information form and submit it via email to the SBNC Chair, at sbncchair@gmail.com as soon as possible, but no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Forms are on the SBNC website at http://www.scarsdalesbnc.com. Please see the “Join the School Board” tab or contact the SBNC Chair Liz Guggenheimer for further information.

Contacts:

Elizabeth M. Guggenheimer, Chair

Moira Crouch, Vice Chair

Scarsdale School Board Nominating Committee

sbncchair@gmail.com

RESULTS OF THE SBNC ELECTION

(January 10, 2018-Scarsdale, NY):  Twelve candidates have been elected to join the School Board Nominating Committee.

The following candidates were elected:

Edgewood: Ruth Berkowitz and Timothy Dunne

Fox Meadow: Diane Greenwald and Tao (Jennifer) Hong

Greenacres: Kathleen Gray and Marylou Cooper Green

Heathcote: Kerry Hayes and Jing Li

Quaker Ridge: Nikki Hahn, Marissa Jackson, Stacey Kaufman and Robert Tepper

A total of 460 votes were cast in the election, of which 122 were absentee ballots.

Here is the breakdown of votes cast by neighborhood:

Edgewood:  96
Fox Meadow: 161
GreenAcres: 46
Heathcote: 101
Quaker Ridge: 56

This year’s new members will join the existing 18 members of the committee, serving staggered three-year terms. Stacey Kaufman and Robert Tepper will both serve a one-year term to fill two open seats in Quaker Ridge due to resignations. The committee will have its first meeting on January 21 and by the end of March it will nominate two candidates for the Scarsdale Board of Education to fill the seats currently held by Pamela Fuehrer and Arthur S. Rublin. Both Fuehrer and Rublin are completing their first three-year terms and are eligible for re-nomination. All Scarsdale residents are welcome to propose Board of Education candidates to the SBNC. The SBNC Board of Education candidates, along with any other candidates who may choose to run, will stand for public election in May at the same time as the school budget vote.

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Contact:   Jeannine Palermo
SBNC Administrative Committee Chair
914 874 3427

Press Release
For Release December 22, 2017

16 to run for SBNC

Sixteen residents have volunteered to run in the School Board Nominating Committee election to be held Tuesday, January 9, 2018. The SBNC, consisting of elected representatives from each elementary school area, meets in private sessions to choose nonpartisan candidates for the Scarsdale Board of Education. While all Scarsdale school district residents are welcome to propose Board of Education candidates to the SBNC, and any qualified candidates can choose to run from outside the nonpartisan system, the thirty elected members of the SBNC select the candidates to represent the nonpartisan slate in the school board election, which takes place at the same time as the school budget vote in May.

The twelve new committee members elected in January will join the eighteen others serving staggered three-year terms on the SBNC. The SBNC Administrative Committee is seeking the election of two candidates in each district, with the exception of Quaker Ridge, where it is seeking the election of four candidates to include the replacement of two SBNC members who have recently resigned. (The third and fourth highest vote getters from Quaker Ridge in this election will both fill a one-year term ending in 2019.)

The SBNC election will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Residents may vote in person in the Auditorium Lobby at the Scarsdale Middle School on that date from 7:00 to 10:00 AM and from 2:00 to 9:00 PM, or by mail-in ballot received by 4:00 PM on Election Day. In the event of a snow day, the election will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

Following are the list of those running from each neighborhood along with biographies of each candidate:

EDGEWOOD

David Benderson: 14 Hamilton Road Length of Residence: 3 Years

Occupation: Physician and Director, Valley Medical Group Ophthalmology

Education: BA – Penn State, MD – Penn State, Internship in Internal Medicine – Abington Memorial Hospital, Residency in Ophthalmology – University of Maryland Medical System

Child’s/Children’s age(s):  10 and 6

Civic Activities: Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont and Emmanuel – Membership, Social Action/Refugee Resettlement Committees (2016-2017); Organizer/Advocate – Edgewood Parents of off-site Inclusion Classroom Children (2017), Volunteer/Guest Lecturer – Valley Hospital Department of Community Health and Community Benefit (2015-2017); Volunteer/Guest Lecturer – Thrive! for Women (Health education program in Bergen County, 2017); Organizer/Fundraiser – Colleen Conway Grace, MD Lectureship in Ophthalmology; University of Maryland Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (2015-2016)

Ruth Berkowitz: 181 Clarence Road Length of Residence: 7 Years

Occupation: VP, Product and Marketing

Education: BA from Washington University in St. Louis & MBA from Kellogg School of Management

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 12 and 8

Civic Activities: Board member for Team Image Synchronized Skating Team, active member of the Junior League of Central Westchester, alumni interviewer for Washington University in St. Louis, pizza lunch volunteer, cooking for the homeless at Kol Ami

Laura L. Cromwell: 269 Nelson Road Length of Residence: 23 Years

Occupation: Attorney

Education: BA SUNY Stony Brook, JD New York Law School

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 23 and 21

Civic Activities (list most current first): Women’s Committee, Law Department City of New York; New York Family Court Paternity and Support Advisory Committee; City of New York, Small Claims Arbitrator; member, Fund Raising and Planning Committee, Bet Am Shalom Synagogue; and past Scarsdale School PTA member.

Timothy C. Dunne: 14 Edgewood Road Length of Residence: 1963 to 1985 (with parents) 1999 to present

Occupation: Finance, President & CEO Private Export Funding Corporation

Education: MBA, New York University 1992 BA, Boston University 1982; Edgewood School/Scarsdale Jr. High/Scarsdale High School, Class of 1977

Child’s/Children’s age(s): Sean (28), Maggie (27), Deirdre (20)

Civic Activities: Finance Trustee, Scarsdale Congregational Church (2016 to present) Trustee, Lakota Children’s Enrichment, Inc. (2008 to present) Edgewood Representative, Scarsdale Citizens Nominating Committee (2010 – 2012) Scarsdale Procedure Committee (2013-2014)

FOX MEADOW

Diane Greenwald: 2 Oak Lane Length of Residence: 12 Years

Occupation: Designer/Arts Educator/Volunteer/Mom

Education: Wesleyan University, BA Art History; UC Berkeley, Coursework in Graphic Design; Bank Street College of Education, Coursework in Museum Education

Child’s/Children’s age(s): Jay (16); Eli (14); and Zaria Cash, STEP student (17)

Civic Activities: Scarsdale Public Library Board of Trustees (2015 – Present) President, Member of Building Committee, Liaison to FOSL, ex officio to Campaign Committee and past Vice President, Trustee, Communications Chair and School Outreach Committee Chair; Scarsdale Transfer Education Program (2016-present) Host Family of 2-year scholarship student; League of Women Voters Scarsdale Bond Study Committee (June 2017- present), Board of Directors and School Budget Study Chair (2015-17); Young Writers’ Workshop Instructor (2012- present);  Michael V. McGill Book Award (2014 –present) Administrator;  Scarsdale Forum (2013 – present) Education Committee Member;  PT Council Legislation Committee Co-chair (2014-2016);  PT Council Programming Chair (2013-14);  District Facilities Steering Committee for 2014 Bond (2013-14) Member & Communications Sub-committee Chair; District Committee for Strategic Plan Member (2014);  Coalition for Scarsdale Schools Exec Committee Member (2013-2014); Quaker Ridge PTA Colonial Day Co-Chair (2013-14; QRS PTA Legislative Advocacy Committee Chair (2014); QRS Learning to Look (2009-2014) Trainer, Advisor, Co-chair, Curriculum Developer, Coordinator, Teacher, Docent;  5th Grade Photo Committee Co-Chair (2012-2013);  Executive Board, Vice President of Programs (2011 – 2013);  Friends of Music and Arts Liaison (2010);  Class Parent, 2008-2013; Greyston Foundation, Board of Directors, Chair of Development (2008-2015); AJWS, Westchester Liaison and Development Committee (2011-2014)

Tao (Jennifer) Hong: 73 Hampton Road Length of Residence: 18 Years

Occupation: Stay-home mom, formerly VP at Lehman Brothers Fixed Income Analytics

Education: MS Computer Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; BS Computer Science, Beijing University, Beijing China

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 16 and 10

Civic Activities: 2016 – Present, Head of Class Parents, Huaxia Chinese School Greater New York (HXGNY); 2015 – 2016, office volunteer, Scarsdale High School YES Office; 2006 – Present, Board Member, Scarsdale Chinese Association (SCA); 2015 – 2016, Chair of Event & Activity Committee, HXGNY; 2013 – 2015, Member of Activity & Event Committee, HXGNY; 2005 – 2015, Secretary & Treasurer, SCA; 2013 – 2014, Co-chair Multi-Cultural Committee, Fox Meadow PTA; 2013 – 2014, speech contest judge, Scarsdale Middle School; 2006 – 2007, Chair, SCA; 2005, Co-founder, SCA

Dina Rabin: 7 Ogden Road Length of Residence: 4.5 Years

Occupation: Psychologist in private practice serving adolescents and adults.

Education: PhD, The University of Texas at Austin; BA, Tulane University

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 6, 4, and 17 months

Civic Activities: Fox Meadow PTA Nominating Committee, 2018; Board Member, Scarsdale Task Force on Drugs and Alcohol, 2016-Present; Co-Chair of Library Services, Fox Meadow Elementary, 2017-2018; Volunteer for Learning to Look Program, Fox Meadow Elementary, 2017-2018; Committee Member, Scarsdale Task Force on Drugs and Alcohol, 2015-2016; Taught a class on the Transition to College at Scarsdale Adult School, 2015.

GREENACRES

Kathleen Gray: 6 Sage Terrace Length of Residence: 18 Years

Occupation: ESL Instructor

Education: BA, Mount Holyoke College

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 21 and 18

Civic Activities: Friends of the Scarsdale Library 2007-Present (President 2011-2017; Secretary 2009-2011); Friends of Music & the Arts in the Scarsdale Schools; 2011-2017 (President 2014-17; Secretary 2011-14); Volunteer teacher at Hitchcock Church “Living in America” program 2008-present; Hitchcock Church: Stewardship Co-Chair 2011-13; Deacon 2008-11; Numerous GA and SHS PTA committees throughout the years 2001-2017.

Marylou Cooper Green: 8 Farley Road Length of Residence: 20 Years

Education: MBA, Columbia School of Business; MA, Columbia University Teachers College; BA, Wake Forest University

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 22

Civic Activities: President, League of Women Voters of Westchester; Member, Zoning Board of Appeals; Past-President, League of Women Voters of Scarsdale; Citizens Nominating Committee; Treasurer, Greenacres PTA; Community Director, Girl Scouts of Scarsdale and Edgemont; and Vice President, Families with Children from China of TriState area.

HEATHCOTE

Kerry Hayes: 3 Lenox Place Length of Residence: 9 Years

Occupation: Graphic Designer, Zwilling J.A. Henckels

Education: BFA, Syracuse University

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 11 and 7

Civic Activities: Girl Scout Troop Leader, 2014-present; PT Council Health & Wellness Committee Co-Chair, Fall 2017-present; SMS PTA Nominating Committee member, Fall 2017-present; PT Council Nominating Committee member, 2016-17; Heathcote PTA Nominating Committee Chair, 2016-17; PT Council Steam Day Event, Co-Chair of Makerspace, 2016; Heathcote COMPACT Committee member, 2014-2017 (3 terms); Heathcote School Newcomers’ Committee Chair, 2014-2017; Heathcote Safety Team member. 2015-2017 (2 terms); PTA President, Heathcote PTA 2015-2016 and PTA President-Elect, 2014-2015; Heavily active in various PTA committees from 2011-present

Jing Li: 69 Brookby Road Length of Residence: 2 Years and 4 Months

Occupation: Home Maker/Avid Pianist, Painter/Credit Suisse Hong Kong/Fidelity Investments (Boston, MA)

Education: Wellesley College BA (Computer Science major, Math minor)

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 13, 10 two boys

Civic Activities: Heathcote PTA (2015-current): Heathcote Multicultural Co-chair (responsible for organizing Lunar New Year celebrations and Thank-You- Teachers’ luncheon) (2016-current); Learning to Look (2015-2016); Chinese Community volunteer (2015-current): help out with various community events during the Chinese New Year Celebration, the annual Scarsdale Chinese Assoc. gatherings; Teach English to under-privileged elementary children in Chai Wan, Hong Kong (2003-2004); Media Panel Leader and member of Harvard China Review Conference (1998-2000); Copy Editor of Overseas Young Chinese Forum (1998-2000); Captain of Wellesley College Table Tennis Club (1994-1998)

Curtis Parker: 23 Cushman Road Length of Residence: 2 Years

Occupation: Senior Vice President, AR Global Investments, LLC

Education: BS, Finance University of Tulsa (2006)

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 7 and 5

Civic Activities: Scarsdale District-Wide Facilities Committee (2017); Heathcote PTA (2015-2017); Woodlawn Heights Taxpayers (Treasurer, 2012-2015)

QUAKER RIDGE (Vote for up to 4 Candidates)

Nikki Hahn: 29 Cornell Street Length of Residence: 10 Years

Occupation: Part-time Corporate Relations and Service Events Manager for Volunteer New York!

Education: BS, New York University, School of Education

Child’s/Children’s age(s): Ages 15, 13, 7, 5

Civic Activities: Cure JM Foundation: Board of Directors Member (2017-present), National Leadership Council President (present), Development

Committee Chair (2016-present); Quaker Ridge School: PTA President (2016-2017); Scarsdale UFSD: PT Council Member (2016-2017); The Acceleration Project: Client Partner and Development Director (2015-2016); Junior League of Central Westchester: President (2014-2015, Vice President of Membership (2013-2014), Committee Chair (2004-2006); Girl Scout Troop Leader (2007)

Marisa Jackson: Length of Residence: 20 Years

Occupation: Teacher (currently Hebrew school grades 1 and 7) Former K and 1 teacher tenured at both Croton Harmon and NYC.

Education: BA, Tufts University MA, Bank Street College of Education

Child’s/Children’s age(s): Gabriel (19) Fletcher (16) and Amira (13)

Civic Activities: Supervisor for Rabbinic Intern at Bet Am Shalom Synagogue (BAS); Co-Chair of Tikkun Olam (Social Action) committee for BAS;
Co-Chair of Martin Luther King program at BAS to create meals for the hungry. Former chair of the School Board at BAS; and Executive Board Member BAS.

Stacey Kaufman: 6 Stonewall Lane Length of Residence: 4.5 Years

Occupation: Stay at home mom, former Vice President of Digital Marketing at Nickelodeon

Education: University of Pennsylvania, BA in Psychology

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 10 and 8

Civic Activities: Quaker Ridge Elementary PTA VP Programming (2017-2019); QRS PTA VP of Development (2016-2017); QRS PTA Co-Chair Multi-cultural Luncheon (2015-Present); QRS PTA Co-Chair School Play (2015-2017); QRS PTA Co-Chair Evening Event (2014-2015); Girl Scout Troop Cookie Chair (2015-Present); Stephen Wise Free Synagogue Board of Trustees (2012-2013); SWFS ECC Evening Event Co-Chair (2010-2012)

ROBERT TEPPER: 3 Continental Road Length of Residence: 5 Months

Occupation: Venture Capital Partner/Investor

Education: BA University of Hartford

Child’s/Children’s age(s): 12, 10 and 7

Civic Activities: Special Needs Liaison for the Lake Washington School District; Head Coach for Kirkland Washington Little League Team; Search Committee member for new Principal for Lakeview Elementary (Kirkland, Wa.); Board of Directors of Temple De Hirsch Sinai (Seattle and Bellevue, Wa, 2017) and Board of Directors of Kirkland Little League (Kirkland, Wa, 2016-2017)

Press Contact:             Jeannine Palermo

914-874-3427
jeannine.palermo.22@gmail.com

Press Release
For Release December 6, 2017

16 to run for SBNC

Sixteen residents have volunteered to run in the School Board Nominating Committee election to be held Tuesday, January 9, 2018. The SBNC, consisting of elected representatives from each elementary school area, meets in private sessions to choose nonpartisan candidates for the Scarsdale Board of Education. While all Scarsdale school district residents are welcome to propose Board of Education candidates to the SBNC, and any qualified candidates can choose to run from outside the nonpartisan system, the thirty elected members of the SBNC select the candidates to represent the nonpartisan slate in the school board election, which takes place at the same time as the school budget vote in May.

The eleven new committee members elected in January will join the nineteen others serving staggered three-year terms on the SBNC. The SBNC Administrative Committee is seeking the election of two candidates in each district, with the exception of Quaker Ridge, where it is seeking the election of three candidates to include the replacement of a SBNC member who has recently resigned. (The third highest vote getter from Quaker Ridge in this election will fill a one-year term ending in 2019.)

The candidates running to serve on the nominating committee in each of the five elementary school districts are:

  1. Edgewood – David Benderson, Ruth Berkowitz, Laura Cromwell, Timothy Dunne
  2. Fox Meadow – Diane Greenwald, Tao (Jennifer) Hong, Dina Rabin
  3. Greenacres – Kathleen Gray, Marylou Cooper Green
  4. Heathcote – Kerry Hayes, Jing Li, Curtis Parker
  5. Quaker Ridge – Nikki Hahn, Marisa Jackson, Stacey Kaufman, Robert Tepper

The SBNC election will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Residents may vote in person in the Auditorium Lobby at the Scarsdale Middle School on that date from 7:00 to 10:00 AM and from 2:00 to 9:00 PM, or by mail-in ballot received by 4:00 PM on Election Day. In the event of a snow day, the election will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

All election information is available at www.scarsdalesbnc.com. Brochures containing biographical information on each candidate and instructions for completing and returning mail-in ballots will be mailed to Scarsdale school district residents and are also available on the website. Contributions to support the cost of printing and mailing the election brochure are gratefully appreciated; please visit http://www.scarsdalesbnc.com/please.donate.

Press Contact:             Jeannine Palermo

914-874-3427
jeannine.palermo.22@gmail.com


Press Release
For Release September 2017

SBNC Candidates Sought

(September 2017 – Scarsdale, NY) The School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) is an elected group of 30 members who identify, propose and nominate qualified candidates to run for the Scarsdale Board of Education. The 30 voting members represent each of the five elementary school neighborhoods. Each year, 10 new members are elected (two from each neighborhood) to serve a 3-year term on the SBNC, an additional one year term on the administrative committee and a final one year term on the joint committee. The SBNC urges all qualified residents to help maintain our excellent Scarsdale schools and serve our community by volunteering to run for the SBNC. To become a candidate, residents should complete a biographical form and submit it with a candidate petition with signatures from 10 residents in their elementary school area by November 20, 2017 to SBNC Administrative Committee Chair Jeannine Palermo (jeannine.palermo.22@gmail.com) or Vice Chair Wendy Gendel (wendykgendel@gmail.com). These forms can be downloaded from www.scarsdaleSBNC.com. The forms are also available at the Scarsdale Library and Village Hall.

The election of SBNC members will be held on Tuesday January 9, 2018 in the Scarsdale Middle School auditorium lobby from 7:00am to 10:00 am and from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Press Contact: Jeannine Palermo

914-874-3427
jeannine.palermo.22@gmail.com

Updated Results of the SBNC Election

(January 11, 2017 – Scarsdale, NY):  Cindy Iver of Quaker Ridge has been elected to the School Board Nominating Committee.


 RESULTS OF THE SBNC ELECTION

(January 11, 2017-Scarsdale, NY):  Ten candidates have been elected to join the School Board Nominating Committee.

The following candidates were elected:

Edgewood:  Felicia Block and Elizabeth Massey

Fox Meadow: Katherine Cutlip and Susanne Vleck

Greenacres: Mitchell Kahn and Amy Lewis

Heathcote: Lawrence Patrizio and Sanford Plachter

Quaker Ridge: Colleen Brown and Cindy Iver

A total of 355 votes were cast in the election, of which 75 were absentee ballots.

Here is the breakdown of votes cast by neighborhood:

Edgewood:  39
Fox Meadow: 107
GreenAcres: 115
Heathcote: 20
Quaker Ridge: 74

This year’s new members will join the existing 20 members of the committee, serving staggered three-year terms. The committee will have its first meeting on January 29 and by the end of March it will nominate two candidates for the Scarsdale Board of Education to fill the seats currently held by Scott Silberfein and Christopher Morin. Both Silberfein and Morin are completing their first three-year terms and are eligible for re-nomination.  All Scarsdale residents are welcome to propose Board of Education candidates to the SBNC. The SBNC Board of Education candidates, along with any other candidates who may choose to run, will stand for public election in May at the same time as the school budget vote.

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Contact:   Alison Singer
SBNC Administrative Committee Chair
914 552 1580

SCHOOL BOARD NOMINATING COMMITTEE ELECTIONS:

Please remember to VOTE on Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Voting will take place from 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM – 9:00 PM in the Scarsdale Middle School Auditorium Lobby.

Use this link to view the full mailer information including each neighborhood’s candidates and their bios: Mailer with 2017 Candidates.

Those who wish to vote by mail-in ballot, please go to “Mail-In Ballots” in the main menu above for the necessary documents and full instructions.  Please note: mail-in ballots must be received by Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (Election Day), at 4:00 pm.

PRESS RELEASE – September 12, 2016

SBNC Candidates Sought

(September 12, 2016 – Scarsdale, NY)  The School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) is an elected group of 30 members who identify, propose and nominate qualified candidates to run for the Scarsdale Board of Education. The 30 voting members represent each of the five elementary school neighborhoods. Each year, 10 new members are elected (two from each neighborhood) to serve a 3-year term on the SNBC.

The SNBC urges all qualified residents to help maintain our excellent Scarsdale schools and serve our community by volunteering to run for the SBNC. To become a candidate, residents should complete a biographical form and submit it with a candidate petition with signatures from 10 residents in their elementary school area by November 21, 2016 to SBNC Administrative Committee Co-Chair Alison Singer (alisonteppersinger@gmail.com) or Co-Chair Jeannine Palermo (Jeannine.palermo.22@gmail.com)  These forms can be downloaded from www.scarsdaleSBNC.com.  The forms are also available at the Scarsdale Library and Village Hall.

The election of SBNC members will be held on Tuesday January 10, 2017 in the Scarsdale Middle School auditorium lobby from 7:00am to 10:00 am and from 2:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Press Contact: Alison Singer
914 552 1580
alisonteppersinger@gmail.com

May 23, 2016

SBNC Nominees Elected to School Board

SBNC nominees to the nonpartisan slate for election to the Scarsdale Board of Education (BoE), Leila Shames Maude, William Natbony and Nina Ledis Cannon, were elected as members of the BoE for three years, their terms beginning on July 1, 2016, and expiring on June 30, 2019.  Ms. Maude and Mr. Natbony will be serving their second terms and Ms. Cannon will be serving her first term on the BoE.

March 13, 2016

SBNC Nominated Three Candidates to School Board

The 2016 School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) has nominated Leila Maude, William Natbony, and Nina Ledis Cannon to the nonpartisan slate for election to the Scarsdale Board of Education. If elected during the school board election on 17 May 2016, Maude and Natbony will be returning to the School Board for second three-year terms. Cannon will be filling the seat vacated by Suzanne Seiden, who is completing her second and final term on the Board at the end of this school year. New trustees assume their roles effective July 1.

The SBNC is a committee comprised of 30 voting members and 4 non-voting members, all of whom are residents of the Scarsdale School District. The thirty voting members serve staggered 3-year terms and are elected directly by the residents of their election units, which correspond to the five elementary school neighborhoods. The 4 non-voting members consist of a Chair and Vice Chair who are selected from the previous year’s graduating voting members, and one appointee each from the Scarsdale Forum and the Confederation of Scarsdale Neighborhood Association Presidents (SNAP). Collectively, the SBNC undertakes the process of recruiting and vetting prospective candidates to serve as trustees on the Board of Education.

Over the course of Sunday meetings between January and March, this year’s SBNC interviewed and conducted due diligence on all applicants. Through thoughtful discussion and careful consideration, and pursuant to the SBNC Resolution, the SBNC then judges and selects individuals “solely on their qualifications to serve the community.” This engaging practice has resulted in the nomination of three outstanding citizens, Maude, Natbony and Cannon.

The SBNC congratulates the nominees and thanks all applicants who went through the process. The SBNC Chair John Spiro and SBNC Vice Chair Jeannine Palermo also wish to extend sincere appreciation to all the members of the 2016 SBNC who served with dedication and professionalism in furtherance of our nonpartisan system.

For more information on the SBNC, including the governing Resolution, information on the nonpartisan system, and a list of the current SBNC members, please visit the SBNC website at http://scarsdalesbnc.com or contact the SBNC Chair at sbncchair@gmail.com.

Please remember to vote on Tuesday, May 17 in the school board election, the same day as the 2016-2017 school budget vote.

January 21, 2016

New Members Selected for Scarsdale School Board Nominating Committee

The following candidates were chosen to join the Scarsdale School Board Nominating Committee at the SBNC elections on Tuesday, January 12, 2016:

Edgewood: Michael Chayes, Jordan Copeland
Fox Meadow: Miriam Beveridge, Sang Han
Greenacres: Sharon Kass Higgins, Tanya Singer
Heathcote: Manos Makrakis, Melissa Pecullan (Fielding)
Quaker Ridge: Jonathan Drescher, Eric Premisler

There were 179 total votes cast in the election.  Fox Meadow had the highest number of voters with 74 ballots cast. Heathcote had 34 voters.  Greenacres had 27 ballots cast and Edgewood and Quaker Ridge each had 22 voters.

This year’s ten new SBNC members will join twenty others already on the committee serving staggered three-year terms. The committee will have its first meeting on Sunday, January 24th and by the end of March, the SBNC will nominate three candidates to run for the Scarsdale Board of Education to fill the seats currently held by Leila Shames Maude, William Natbony and Suzanne Seiden.  Maude and Natbony are completing their first three-year terms and each is eligible for re-nomination.  Seiden is completing her second three-year term and is not eligible for re-nomination. The SBNC Board of Education candidates, along with any other candidates who may choose to run, will be up for public election at the same time as the School Budget vote in May 2016.

November 30, 2015

The SBNC Administrative Committee announces the slate of 2016 candidates for the School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC). 
 
We are seeking the election of 2 candidates in each district. The candidates in each of the five elementary school districts are:
1. Edgewood – Michael Chayes, Jordan Copeland
2. Fox Meadow – Miriam Beveridge, Sang Han, Eric Liverance
3. Greenacres – Sharon Kass Higgins, Tanya Singer
4. Heathcote – Manos Makrakis, Melissa Pecullan (Fielding)
5. Quaker Ridge – Jonathan Drescher, Eric Premisler

The SBNC election will be held on Tuesday, January 12, 2016. Residents may vote in person in the Auditorium Lobby at the Scarsdale Middle School on that date from 7:00 to 10:00 AM and from 2:00 to 9:00 PM, or by mail-in ballot received by 4:00 PM on Election Day.  In the event of a snow day, the election will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

Brochures containing biographical information on each candidate and instructions for completing and returning mail-in ballots will be mailed to Scarsdale school district residents. The biographical information on the candidates is available on the website by clicking SBNCbios  The mail-in ballot and instructions for completing and returning mail-in ballots are also available on the website by clicking  final-mail-in-ballot-2016. Contributions to support the cost of printing and mailing the election brochure are gratefully appreciated; please visit www.scarsdalesbnc.com/please.donate.

May 19, 2015

SBNC Nominees Elected to School Board

SBNC nominees to the nonpartisan slate for election to the Scarsdale Board of Education (BoE), Pamela Fuehrer and Arthur Rublin, were elected as members of the BoE for three years, their terms beginning on July 1, 2015, and expiring on June 30, 2018.

March 16, 2015

SBNC Nominates Two Candidates to School Board

The 2015 School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) has nominated Arthur Rublin and Pamela Fuehrer to the nonpartisan slate for election to the Scarsdale Board of Education. If elected during the general school budget vote and school board election on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, these two nominees will fill the seats held by current board president Mary Beth Gose and trustee Lewis Leone, Jr., who are both completing their second and final terms. New trustees assume their roles effective July 1.

The SBNC is a committee comprised of 30 voting members and 4 non-voting members, all of whom are residents of the Scarsdale School District. The thirty voting members serve staggered 3-year terms and are elected directly by the residents of their election units, which correspond to the five elementary school neighborhoods. The 4 non-voting members consist of a Chair and Vice Chair who are selected from the previous year’s graduating voting members, and one appointee each from the Town and Village Civic Club (TVCC) and the Confederation of Scarsdale Neighborhood Association Presidents (SNAP). Collectively, the SBNC undertakes the process of recruiting and vetting prospective candidates to serve as trustees on the Board of Education.

Over the course of six meetings between January and March, this year’s SBNC interviewed and conducted due diligence on all applicants. Through thoughtful discussion and careful consideration, and pursuant to the SBNC Resolution, the SBNC then judges and selects individuals “solely on their qualifications to serve the community.” This engaging practice has resulted in the nomination of two outstanding citizens, Arthur Rublin and Pamela Fuehrer.

The SBNC congratulates the nominees and thanks all applicants who went through the process. The SBNC Chair Diane Baylor and SBNC Vice Chair Dana Matsushita also wish to extend heartfelt appreciation to to all the members of the 2015 SBNC who served with dedication and professionalism in furtherance of our nonpartisan system.

For more information on the SBNC, including the governing Resolution, information on the nonpartisan system, and a list of the current SBNC members, please visit the SBNC website at http://scarsdalesbnc.com or contact the SBNC Chair.

January 27, 2015

Are you interested in becoming a School Board member?

The Scarsdale School Board Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for nomination to the Scarsdale Board of Education.  In the coming months, the SBNC will nominate two candidates to the board. Mary Beth Gose has served two terms and is not eligible for renomination. Lewis Leone, Jr. has completed two terms and is not eligible for renomination.  The SBNC invites all residents to propose candidates for the Board of Education. A candidate must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, a qualified voter, and a resident of the Scarsdale school district for at least one year prior to the May 19, 2015 school board election date.  Candidates should complete a biographical information form and submit it via email to the SBNC Chair, Diane Baylor, at sbncchair@gmail.com as soon as possible, but no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 24, 2015. Please also visit the ‘Join the School Board’ tab for additional information.

January 15, 2015

New Members Selected for Scarsdale School Board Nominating Committee

The following candidates were chosen to join the Scarsdale School Board Nominating Committee at the SBNC elections on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

Edgewood: Moira Ann Crouch and Daniel Moretti

Fox Meadow: Liz Guggenheimer and Pam Rubin

Greenacres: Elyse Mall Klayman and Terri Simon

Heathcote: Qing (Claire) He, Sarah Persily and Jacqueline Irwin (2-year term)

Quaker Ridge: Jonathan Birenbaum and Lauren Rimland

There were 431 total votes cast in the election. Fox Meadow had the highest number of voters with 200 ballots cast, followed by Heathcote with 94 ballots cast, Greenacres with 51, Quaker Ridge with 47 and Edgewood with 39.  This compared favorably to last year’s 525 votes, a record number with five fully contested elections.

This year’s eleven new SBNC members will join nineteen others already on the committee serving staggered three-year terms. The committee will have its first meeting on Sunday, January 25th and by the end of March, it will nominate two candidates for the Scarsdale Board of Education to fill the seats currently held by Mary Beth Gose and Lewis Leone, Jr.  Ms. Gose and Mr. Leone are completing their second terms and neither is eligible for re-nomination.  The SBNC Board of Education candidates, along with any other candidates who may choose to run, will be up for public election at the same time as the School Budget vote in May 2015.

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