Board of Education
2016-2017 Board of Education Members featured above: Left to right, bottom: Steve Warner (Vice President), Melany Gray (President), Paul Bulova (Secretary) Top: Trustees Ann LoBue, Sari Winter, Roger Martin, and Rina Beder. E-mail the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Melany Gray, President
- Steve Warner , Vice President
- Paul Bulova, Secretary
- Ann LoBue
- Roger Martin
- Rina Beder
- Sari Winter
Melany is an attorney who has lived in Larchmont for more than 25 years. During that time, in addition to practicing law, she has been active in the community, serving as a PTA leader, a parent member of the CSE/CPSE, a reporter with the Larchmont Gazette, and a volunteer in a variety of other community organizations. Melany is serving her fifth year as a trustee and first year as president. Melany and her husband Dusty have two sons, both of whom graduated from Central School, the Hommocks and MHS.
Steve graduated from Mamaroneck High School in 1976 after being in the first 2nd grade class at the 'new' Central School and first 7th grade class at Hommocks. Steve is Chief Investment Officer for a Family Office in New York. Prior to this, he had worked for Alliance Bernstein for 13 years as an equity analyst covering consumer stocks and also spent twenty years in media working for CBS and Lifetime in a variety of different roles. Steve returned to the community in 1997 and has been involved with the Mamaroneck Schools Foundation and Mamaroneck Library, where he served as treasurer. Steve and his wife Jennifer have three children. Their oldest daughter went to Central, Hommocks, and Fieldston; their son went to Central, Hommocks and MHS and their youngest daughter is currently at MHS after attending Central, Windward and Hommocks. This is Steve’s third year on the Board.
Paul has dedicated time to serve as a member of the School Based Health Center task force, the Mamaroneck Avenue School PTA, and as a coach in the Mamaroneck Youth Football League. Paul’s involvement as a parent volunteer has enabled him to work with two Board members and the school administration and has motivated him to play a larger role in helping to shape the district’s education program as a Board member. He has worked in the healthcare sector since graduating from college and currently works for a Biotech company. Paul earned his B.S. in Biology from Union College in Schenectady, New York. Paul and his wife Valerie have 3 children -- a daughter at Hommocks, a son at MAS, and their youngest just turned four. This is Paul's second year on the Board.
Ann served as Co-President of the PTA at the Murray Avenue School and volunteered with the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force and the Rotary Club of Larchmont. She is currently pursuing an MA degree in Education Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University. This is her sixth year on the Board; she served as president for the past two years. Prior, Ann worked in marketing communications and business development for financial services and technology companies, including Goldman Sachs, Bridge eMarkets and Prebon Yamane. Ann and her husband Bob are in their eleventh year of living in the District. Their daughter went to Murray Ave. School, Hommocks Middle School, and now attends Mamaroneck High School.
Now serving his fourth year on the Board of Education, Roger is a product of the Mamaroneck public school system and is a 1961 graduate of MHS. He is a former college president and Harvard dean who brings to the School Board extensive experience in educational management, finance, and strategic planning. Roger’s deep knowledge of the high school to college transition process is captured in his book, Off to College: A Guide for Parents (University of Chicago Press: 2016). He volunteers with the Mamaroneck High School Counseling Office, where he conducts mock college interviews with rising juniors and seniors and he also writes a blog for parents with children going off to college . Roger and his wife Susan reside in Mamaroneck.
Rina is new to the Board this school year after playing active roles for the past decade in the PTA and the community. She served as Co-President of the PTA for both Mamaroneck High School (2013–2015) and the Hommocks Middle School (2006-2008, 2010-2011) and was also a Board member for the Larchmont Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center, a trustee at Westchester Jewish Center and a volunteer with the Hunger Task Force and the Hommocks Literacy team. Rina practiced law in New Jersey and New York State for nine years and also holds a a Masters in Management and Organization Studies. Rina and her husband Irving have lived in Larchmont for more than 15 years and have two sons. Their oldest son attended Chatsworth, Hommocks, MHS and The Masters School, and their younger son graduated from the high school this year.
Sari is an attorney and educator who has lived in Larchmont for six years. She is serving her first year as trustee on the Board of Education. As a teacher, Sari taught at public schools such as Greenwich High School in Greenwich, Connecticut and LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts in New York City. Sari's insight in education benefits the educational needs of our children, as well as teachers and administrators in the system. Sari and her husband Scott have three daughters, all of whom attend Murray Avenue School. She is an active member of the Murray Avenue PTA as well as the Social Action Committee at Larchmont Temple and served as Co-Chair of the Parent Association for Westchester Jewish Center’s Early Childhood Center. Sari holds a Masters in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
The Mamaroneck Schools Board of Education consists of seven dedicated volunteers, who are elected to staggered three year terms. The Board is responsible for several key areas: establishing policy; defining District priorities and goals; monitoring and evaluating progress; approving contracts, bonds and the annual budget; and selecting and evaluating the Superintendent of Schools.
Establishing PolicyThe Board sets policies that govern the education of all children attending our district's six schools, as well as the day-to-day operations of the District. Click here for the policy handbook.
Defining Priorities and Goals
In collaboration with the Administration, the Board defines annual District priorities and establishes specific goals, rationale and expected outcomes. It delegates to the Superintendent of Schools (the District's chief executive officer and educational leader) the authority to develop, operate and manage the educational programs to meet these goals.Monitoring and Evaluating Progress
The Superintendent and Central Administration regularly update the Board on progress towards goals, and Board meetings and study sessions are often devoted to presentations highlighting work in specific areas.
Approving Contracts, Bonds and the Annual Budget
The Board guides negotiations with the District’s five bargaining units and approves all final collective bargaining agreements and employment contracts, as well as vendor contracts.
The Superintendent, with some guidance from the Board and in concert with his/her staff, prepares and presents a recommended budget to the Board. After discussion and input from the community, the Board is responsible for approving a final budget to be presented for a community vote. The Board strives to approve a budget that effectively balances costs with maintaining Mamaroneck's high instructional standards for students and staff.
Selecting and Evaluating the Superintendent
Perhaps the most critical responsibility of a Board of Education is to select and evaluate the Superintendent. The Board provides regular feedback and a formal annual review.
Serving on Committees and as Liaisons
Each board member serves on a number of committees, as well as a liaison to District schools and community groups. Click here for a list of committee assignments and liaison positions.
Please refer to the Board Operating Procedures for more specific information. The Board of Education can be contacted at any time via e-mail at email@example.com.