Board of Education
2017-2018 Board of Education Members featured above: Left to right, bottom: Steve Warner (Vice President), Melany Gray (President), Paul Bulova (Secretary) Top: Trustees Sam Orans, 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
- Sam Orans
- 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 sixth year as a trustee and second consecutive 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 just graduated in June, 2017 from MHS after attending Central, Windward and Hommocks. This is Steve’s fifth year on the Board and second consecutive year as vice president.
Paul has dedicated time to serve as a member of the School Based Health Center task force, the Mamaroneck Avenue School and Hommocks PTA, and as a coach in the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Soccer League. 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 three children -- a daughter at MHS, a son at Hommocks and their youngest is in the Dos Caminos program at MAS. This is Paul's third year on the Board and second year as Secretary.
Sam grew up in Larchmont and attended Chatsworth, Hommocks and MHS (class of ’86). He has been active in the Larchmont Fire Department since joining the Explorer’s program as a teen and served as Deputy Chief for seven years. He also serves on the Board of Larchmont/Mamaroneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps and has served on the Central School PTA Exec. Board. Sam holds both his undergraduate degree and Masters of Science in Education from Sarah Lawrence College. He was an early childhood educator at Sarah Lawrence College's Early Childhood Center, Bank Street School for Children, New Canaan Country School and Larchmont Temple Nursery School. He currently operates a seasonal resort in western Maine. Sam and his wife Nathalie have two children – a son at Hommocks and a daughter at Central. This is Sam’s first year on the Board.
Now serving his sixth 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 serving her second year on 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 in 2016.
Sari is an attorney and educator who has lived in Larchmont for seven years. She is serving her second year as trustee on the Board of Education. As an English 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 Co-Chair of the Social Action Committee at Larchmont Temple as well as an active member of the Murray Avenue PTA 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.