Board of Education

2019-2020 Mamaroneck Board of Education, shown above. Top, from left to right: Trustees Christian Zambrano (new Board member), Steve Warner, Ariana Cohen, and Sam Orans. Bottom, from left to right: newly-elected Board Vice President Rina Beder, newly-elected President Paul Bulova, and newly-elected Secretary Gladys Di Vito. 

E-mail the Board as a group at board@mamkschools.org
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Please note: Emails sent to this general email address are distributed to all seven Board of Education members.)

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Education of the Mamaroneck Union Free School District shall hold a public hearing on the 17th day of September 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Library Classroom at Mamaroneck High School, 1000 West Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY for the purpose of discussion of the amended District Wide Safety Plan to be considered for adoption by the Board of Education and Memorandum of Understanding to be entered into with Summit Security Services Inc.

Meet the Board Members

Paul Bulova, President

Paul Bulova (Term expires 6/30/2021)
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 fifth year on the Board and first year as president; he served as vice president during the 2018-19 school year.

Paul's email: pbulova@mamkschools.org

Rina Beder, Vice President

Rina Beder, Vice President (Term expires, 6/30/2022)
Rina is serving her fourth 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 18 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.

Rina's email: Rbeder@mamkschools.org

Ariana Cohen

Ariana Cohen (Term expires 6/30/2021)
Ariana is an established school administrator and social Worker who has lived in Larchmont for the past five years with her family, serving in various volunteer leadership positions at both Murray Avenue School and Larchmont Temple Nursery School. Ariana is currently an active clinical social worker and part of the founding team at Milestones Psychology in New York City, a group of highly specialized clinicians who collaborate to provide evidence-based assessment and treatment for both kids and parents. Prior to her current role at Milestones, Ariana served as the Associate Head of the Lower School at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School in Manhattan, where she had also originally served as the school's lead social worker prior to that. Before her work at Columbia, Ariana spent several years as a social worker at various public schools in the Bronx and Brooklyn. Ariana received her Masters in Social Work from Fordham University and her undergraduate degree from Lehigh University. All three of Ariana and David's children attend Murray Avenue School. Ariana is serving her second year the Board. 

Ariana's email: arcohen@mamkschools.org

Gladys DiVito, Secretary

Gladys DiVito (Term expires 6/30/2021)
Gladys is a psychologist born and raised in Colombia. There, she earned a Post Grad in Human Rights. She also has a specialization in Youth and Leadership from the International Institute Histadrut in Israel and worked in her home city as the Director of Mental Health and the Peace Advisor. She obtained a Masters in Clinical Psychology in the US and for ten years worked in different mental health agencies in Westchester, Manhattan, and Connecticut. In 2014, Gladys opened her private practice in Mamaroneck, where she currently works. She worked for the Guidance Center as a school clinician at Hommocks Middle School, served as a board member for the Community Resource Center and has supported Padres Unidos Organization with conferences for Latino parents. Gladys has lived in Mamaroneck for 15 years with her husband Giulio and their two boys – a junior at Mamaroneck High School and a Class of 2019 graduate from MHS. This is her second year serving on the Mamaroneck Board of Education.

Gladys's email: gdivito@mamkschools.org

Sam Orans

Sam Orans (Term expires 6/30/2020)
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 Mamaroneck High School and a daughter at Hommocks. This is Sam’s third year on the Board.

Sam's email: sorans@mamkschools.org

Steve Warner

Steve Warner (Term expires 6/30/2020)
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 graduated in June, 2017 from MHS after attending Central, Windward and Hommocks. This is Steve’s sixth year on the Board. He served as president during the 2018-2019 school year.

Steve's email: swarner@mamkschools.org

Christian Zambrano

Christian Zambrano (Term expires 6/30/2022)
Christian, who has resided in the Mamaroneck School District for 33 years, is an assistant principal at Lincoln High School, in Yonkers, NY.  Prior to moving into administration, he was an elementary school teacher for 11 years, working to support a model of inclusion within the framework of a community school, and played a significant role in closing the student achievement gap. Additionally, Christian currently serves as a District Steering Committee Representative and lead administrator for the My Brother's Keeper program at LHS. As a leader in the Yonkers MBK Movement, he has empowered young men of color to develop leadership skills and the confidence to achieve. He is a first generation Peruvian American who understands the value of equity & restorative justice, and seeks to provide a voice at the district level for families of diverse backgrounds in search of the American Dream.  Christian has three children who currently attend Mamaroneck Ave. School and the Hommocks. This is Christian's first year serving on the Board of Education.

Christian's email: czambrano@mamkschools.org 

Role of the Board of Education

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 Policy
The 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 board@mamkschools.org.


Running for the Board 

The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) outlines the process, requirements and responsibilities of becoming a board member:

 https://www.nyssba.org/about-nyssba/running-for-the-school-board/

 

Board Meetings

 

All Board of Education meetings air Live on LMC-TV and are re-aired by the station according to the schedule found on LMC-TV's website each week. LMC-TV posts broadcasts approximately 2-3 days after each meeting and houses them on the Videos section of their website.