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The Board of Education in Bedford Central School District met in the Suzanne Grant Theater July 1 for its annual organizational meeting to elect board officers and finalize committee and liaison assignments. 

Joel Adelberg, superintendent of schools, took the oath of office for the 2021-22 school year. It was announced last week that he would be retiring at the end of the academic year. 

The district clerk also swore in two new Board of Education members: Robert Mazurek and Steven Matlin. Mr. Mazurek, a resident of Bedford Hills who has worked for corporations and partnerships for 25 years, led this year’s election with 1,428 total votes. Mr. Matlin, a corporate lawyer from Bedford Corners, received 1,363 votes and defeated the third-place candidate, board incumbent Michael Bauscher, by 236 votes.

The new trustees were joined by newly appointed student representatives from Fox Lane High School, Ellie Crummy, who also served as last year’s junior class representative, and Liam Banks. 

The board then proceeded with the annual election of officers. John Boucher, who has served on the BOE since July 2019, accepted the nomination for board president and subsequently took the oath of office. Mr. Boucher nominated Edward Reder for the position but Mr. Reder declined.

Mr. Boucher succeeds former BOE president Colette Dow, who spent seven years on the BOE and three years at its helm. Mr. Boucher, a partner in a public accounting firm, has spent the last two years heavily involved in the district’s finance committee and budget advisory committee. 

Mr. Reder and Alexandra White, a trustee elected in 2020, received nominations for board vice president. Ms. White, nominated by Jessica Cambareri, declined the position. Mr. Reder, first elected to the board in 2013, accepted the nomination and subsequently took the oath of office. 

The board then moved on to a discussion of committee assignments. The following assignments were approved:

Communications: Jessica Cambareri, Robert Mazurek, Alexandra White. 

Curriculum and instruction: Ms. Cambareri, Steven Matlin, Edward Reder. 

Facilities: Mr. Matlin, Mr. Reder, Beth Staropoli. 

Finance: Mr. Matlin, Mr. Mazurek, Mr. Staropoli. 

Policy: Mr. Mazurek, Mr. Staropoli, Ms. White. 

The board also made the following liaison appointments:

BOCES: Mr. Reder.

Budget advisory committee: Mr. Boucher, Mr. Mazurek, Ms. Cambareri.

Health/Wellness: Mr. Reder.

Safety: Mr. Matlin.

Student achievement advisory: Ms. Cambareri and Mr. Reder.

Tingley Scholarship: Ms. Cambareri.

WPSBA delegate and legislative: Mr. Boucher and Mr. Reder.

Parent presidents: All board members on a rotational schedule.

Other business

The board approved several new hires for the 2021-22 academic year last week, including Kevin Hanlon as the new assistant principal of Fox Lane Middle School, effective July 19.

Mr. Hanlon comes to BCSD from the Hastings-on-Hudson school district, where he served as the assistant principal at Farragut Middle School for the 2020-21 school year. Prior to that, Mr. Hanlon served for 10 years at Port Chester Middle School. He taught math and served in various leadership roles, including academy leader and math department chairperson.

Mr. Hanlon holds a bachelor’s degree from Providence College, as well as a master’s and professional diploma in educational leadership from Manhattanville College.

He succeeds Mary Harrison, who took over as the new principal of Fox Lane Middle School July 1. Ms. Harrison previously was assistant principal of FLMS and has worked in the Bedford Central School District since 2000.

The district also has another new school leader as of July 1 — Stephanie Bell, who assumed the position of principal of Pound Ridge Elementary School. Ms. Bell joined BCSD from North Salem, where she served as assistant principal of Pequenakonck Elementary School since 2017. As the new PRES principal, she succeeded retiring principal Susan Ostrofsky.

It was also announced that the BOE will hold a public hearing on the districtwide safety and emergency management plan at its regular meeting in August held at the Suzanne Grant Theater. A date has yet to be determined. Community members can review the plan on the district website at bcsdny.org

Jackie covers town government, business, culture, and community happenings in Pound Ridge, as well as the Bedford Central School District. You can send tips and dog photos to her at jroman@record-review.com

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