2018-19 Board of Education Elections
There are two open seats for the Board of Education, the seats currently held by Bruce Bond and Jackie Curtiss. Mr. Bond is seeking re-election to the Board; Mrs. Curtiss will not be seeking re-election.
Elections will be held on Tuesday, May 15th, together with the Annual School Budget Vote. The term commences on July 1, 2018 and runs through June 30, 2021.
There are four candidates running for the Board of Education; their biographies are listed below:
BOE Candidates' Night
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
District Administration Board Room
135 West Crooked Hill Road
Pearl River, NY 10965
The program was moderated by the League of Women Voters. Candidates were given opening statements followed by a Q&A session. Index cards were available for audience members to record their questions and submit to a League of Women Voters' screener.
1. Introduction of Candidates: Linda Berns, Moderator; League of Women Voters
2. Opening Statements (Two minutes each)
3. Question and Answer Session (Not to exceed 70 minutes)
4. Closing Statements (Two minutes each)
Residence and Family: Lifelong district resident, currently on North Main Street with wife, Jean. Three grown children, all who graduated Pearl River High School: Doreen, math teacher, married with two children; Brian, a middle school art teacher; Adrienne, works as a human resources manager.
Education: Graduate Pearl River HS Class of ‘71; Attended SUNY Rockland.
Career: Retired insurance agent; currently works as a wine wholesaler in Rockland and Westchester Counties.
Community Involvement: School board member since 1988 including 11 years as president and three years as vice president; Orangetown Planning Board member for 16 years and current vice chair; Past involvement includes Member of the Rotary Club of Pearl River, March of Dimes Walkathon committee, Pearl River Little League, Pearl River Touchdown Club, Annual PR/Nanuet Alumni Football Game, PTA, Boy Scouts, and PRSD Superintendent Search Committee; 2006 Recipient of the PRHS Sports Hall of Fame Tom and Priscilla Lanks Community Service Award; 2008 Recipient of the Rockland County School Boards Association EDDY Award for outstanding board service; 2012 Rockland County School Board Association Hall of Fame Award for commitment to the school district and community, and longevity as a school board member.
Mission: “It has been a privilege and pleasure to serve the students and families of this community as a member of the Board of Education over the last 30 years. I would like to continue that service. We are in the beginning stages of a $32 million dollar capital improvement project and I bring to the Board the experience, knowledge and fiscal responsibility needed to make sure these capital improvements are done right and in a timely and cost effective manner with the least amount of disruption to our current programs."
Residence and Family: 31 year district resident, currently on Elmendorf Lane with husband, Michael and three children. Jack , is an 8th grader at PRHS and Riley and Ryan are 6th graders at PRMS.
Education: Graduate of PRHS; BS, Elementary Ed from University of Scranton; MA in School Counseling from NYU; 3 Advanced Certificates of Study: Special Education from Dominican College, Applied Behavior Analysis from University of North Texas, and School District Administration from Long Island University (LIU); PhD courses at Fordham University.
Career: Behavior analyst, Teacher in Charge; Currently at Bergen County Special Services to oversee public school programs for individuals with autism; Adjunct professor for special education at Fordham University, LIU, Dominican College, and St. Thomas Aquinas College.
Community Involvement: Lincoln Ave PTA including president for two years, SEPTA past president, currently vice president; MS PTA including vice president for two years; Pearl River Little League Fall ball coach; Rockland FC parent manager; St. Aedan’s CCD teacher for 1st Holy Communion students with autism, Boy Scout and Girl Scout troop leader; PRSD Curriculum Advisory Council member.
Mission: “As a parent of three children in the Pearl River School District and an active community member, I am dedicated to improving our schools and the education that our children receive.”
Residence and Family: District resident for 36 years, currently on Grove Street with wife, Dianne. Proud grandfather of Quinnlan, 4th grader at Franklin Avenue Elementary School.
Education: B.A., St. Francis College; M.A., John Jay College, Columbia University Graduate School of Business; Police Management Institute – Management of Non-Profits.
Career: NYCPD Inspector for 36 years; Instructor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
Community Involvement: St. Aedan’s Church usher; Orangetown Planning Board member; Orangetown Board of Ethics chairperson; Vice President, Pearl River Parks & Activities Committee 4th of July Fireworks and Carnival committee member.
Mission: “I am running for the School Board with the aim of developing and expanding our curriculum to meet future job markets, especially those in the STEM related fields. This would include expanding the STEM program in the areas of engineering, computer science, tech (web) design and robotics, and making coding part of the grammar school course work. Finally, starting foreign language classes in the first grade (the younger they are, the easier it is to learn) and bringing back musical instrument instruction to the third and fourth grades.”
Residence and Family: District resident for 9 1/2 years, currently on Gilbert Avenue with husband Scott. Three children: Owen, a 3rd grader at Franklin Avenue Elementary School; Julia, a sophomore at Pearl River High School; Hope, a sophomore at Marist College.
Education: B.A., Pratt Institute; M.A., Architecture & Urban Design - Columbia University.
Career: Architect; licensed local salesperson at Better Homes & Gardens Rand Realty.
Community Involvement: FA PTA member; PRMS PTA member; SEPTA member; Hi Tor Animal Shelter supporter; Foundation Fighting Blindness support.
Mission: “I am running for the Board of Education in hopes of helping to change our security in all of our schools. I feel that is also important to have a voice for parents, as someone who has children in the district, and utilizes our schools.”