BOE Overview and Members
The Ardsley Board of Education consists of five elected volunteers who each serve or fill a three year term position. Our Board welcomes your compliments and concerns via email. To send an email to the entire Board use the following address: BOE@ardsleyschools.org.
Ms. Nicole Minore, President
Ms. Teresa Quackenbush, Vice President
Dr. Vikas Agrawal, Board Trustee
Ms. Pamela Epstein, Board Trustee
Mr. Frank Hariton, Board Trustee
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What we do
The four major functions of the School Board are being a representative, leader, steward, and advocate.
- “School board members are elected by the residents of the school district the board oversees.” (School Law, 31st Edition)
- Together with the Superintendent, the Board sets the district’s direction.
- Ensures alignment of the district’s policies, strategies, resources, programs and processes along with open communication.
- The Board acts as a steward of public funds and is accountable for setting vision for the district and for all student achievement.
- Board members are advocates on behalf of all the children, speak out on issues and mobilize families, businesses, local government, seniors, public and private agencies to work together to address the needs of all the children and the community they serve.
- The Board provides information services for legislators and actively influences the outcome of state and federal legislation on matters affecting education.
Some of the responsibilities of the Board of Education include:
- Establishing goals and planning the district’s future
- Hiring and evaluating the Superintendent
- Reviewing and supporting the instructional program
- Approving and monitoring the budget
- Ratifying collective bargaining agreements
- Overseeing school facilities and operations
- Establishing and maintaining effective community engagement
- Hearing appeals related to policies
- Lobbying and collaborating with district, town, county, state, and federal organizations.
Where and when we meet…
The Board of Education meets in various locations throughout the district. The schedule of meetings, locations and presentations are listed on the website under Board of Education, meetings.
All Board members encourage open communication between members of the community and the Board. Please feel free to email the Board, collectively or individually, at any time with any questions, compliments, comments, or concerns you may have. See above for a listing of names, and contact information.
During the meeting the Board of Education allows time for public comment. It should be noted that the first recognition of audience is for individuals wishing to comment regarding items on the evening’s agenda. Later in the meeting the Board offers recognition of the audience for any topic they wish to comment on. Once recognized by the chair, each individual should indicate their name, address, and school affiliation if any. In the interest of time, we ask that each individual keep their comments brief and to the point. The Board has allocated thirty minutes for this aspect of the meeting. If the comments include a question, individuals recognize that those questions may or may not be answered at this time. Individuals making comments will not be permitted to comment on the job performance of any staff member, nor will they be permitted to mention any staff member by name.
Here is a link to the Ardsley Board of Education Meetings Overview. The document will be available for the public at all Board meetings and provides insight to how the meetings are conducted.
Questions/Correspondence to the Board:
Any general questions pertaining to meetings, schedules, agendas, and minutes, can be addressed to:
Donna Accurso, District Clerk
500 Farm Road
Ardsley, New York 10502
Who we are
Nicole Minore, President
Nicole Minore began her term with the Board of Education in 2016. She and her husband have resided in Ardsley since 2002, and have two children in the district, one at Ardsley Middle School and one at Ardsley High School.
Nicole has been very active in the Ardsley community. In the Village, Nicole was a member of the Parks & Recreation Commission for a few years and has served as a leading organizer for Ardsley Day since 2010 - 2016. She was also elected to the position of Village Trustee, serving a term from 2011-2013. In our schools, in addition to taking turns as a class parent at Concord Road School and participating in Ardsley Cares Day where she co-led the implementation of the Peaceful Playgrounds initiative at Concord Road in 2015, she served on the Ardsley Middle School PPLT prior to joining the Board.
Nicole serves on the following Board of Education sub-committees: Audit & Finance/Budget Committee, Communications Committee, and the Policy Committee. Nicole is also the Board Liaison for the Ardsley Education Foundation.
Nicole was raised in Connecticut and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairfield University. With a career background at some of the major advertising agencies in NY, she has moved over to the “client-side” and is now serving as an independent marketing consultant.
Teresa Quackenbush, Vice President
Teresa Quackenbush began her term on the Ardsley Board of Education in July 2020. She and her husband have resided in the Ardsley school district since 2007 and have two children, one at Concord Road and one at Ardsley Middle School.
Teresa has been very active in the Ardsley school community. She was a member of the PTA and served as the Concord Road Vice President. She volunteers for events throughout the year at all three schools.
Teresa currently serves on the following Board of Education subcommittees: Communications Committee and the Contracts Committee. Teresa is also a BOE liaison for the PPLT and Special Education.
Teresa was raised in the Bronx, New York. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Villanova University. She was a television producer for several major networks before transitioning to the field of education. Teresa earned a Master of Science in Elementary Education from Mercy College. She is currently enrolled in an educational leadership doctoral program and is on the faculty in the School of Education for a local college.
Vikas Agrawal, Board Trustee
Vikas Agrawal began his term on the Ardsley Board of Education in July 2021. He and his wife have resided in the Ardsley school district since 2013 and have two children in Ardsley Middle School.
Vikas has been active in the local community. He serves on the board of Ardsley Little League and the Yonkers Health Advisory Committee. He is also captain of the local cricket team, the New York Cowboys.
Vikas currently serves on the following Board of Education subcommittees: Curriculum and Instruction/Personnel Committee and the Policy Committee. Vikas is also the Board Liaison for the Ardsley Panther Association, PTA, and community relations.
Vikas was born in India. He is a Neurologist and has his own private practice. He did his medical training at North Shore University Hospital and the University of South Florida. Currently, he is affiliated with St. Johns Riverside Hospital and Montefiore Hospital System.
Pamela Epstein, Board Trustee
Pamela Epstein started her term on the Board of Education in July 2017. She and her husband have resided in Ardsley since 2013, and have three sons who graduated from Ardsley High School.
This year Pamela serves on the following Board of Education subcommittees: Audit & Finance/Budget Committee, Contracts Committee and the Long-Range Planning Committee, as well as a Board liaison for the BOCES and SAYF.
Pamela has been active in the Ardsley community. She was a Vice President of the Ardsley Chase Homeowners Association and has been representing her community in civic matters, including the relocation of the Ardsley Gun Range. Prior to joining the Board, she has been active in the AEF as well as the PPLT where she was elected Co-Chairperson.
Pamela was raised in New Jersey and earned a dual Bachelor of Arts degree combined with a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Pennsylvania as well as a Master Degree from the Wharton School of Business. After many years in Corporate Finance on Wall Street and Commercial Lending, Pamela retired to raise her children. She has been an active University of Pennsylvania alumni interviewer for the past 20 years.
Frank Hariton, Board Trustee
Frank Hariton has served on the Board since 2002. He moved to the school district in 1986 from Manhattan and both of his children attended Ardsley schools from K through 12th grade. His goal on the Board is to ensure that current students receive an education that is even better than the wonderful education received by his children.
Prior to serving on the Board, Frank was a member of the Middle School PPLT, spent years on the Citizen’s Budget Committee and was a class parent for each of his daughters. In addition to the School Board, Frank has been active in the Westchester Putnam School Board Association, has been on its board for thirteen years and regularly participates in its legislative advocacy efforts. Frank has an interest in educational policy and has self-funded both his participation in the Educational Policy Fellows Program at Columbia Teachers College and his attendance at the National School Board Association Convention.
This year, Frank serves on the following sub-committees for the Board of Education: Curriculum and Instruction/Personnel Committee and the Long-Range Planning Committee. Frank is also the liaison to NYSSBA, and is the WPSBA/Legislative Contact.
Outside of our schools, Frank was board president of Parents Place, Inc., a non-profit agency in White Plains that ran a program to enhance parenting skills until it was acquired by The Guidance Center of Westchester. Frank has served on The Guidance Center of Westchester board for nine years and is currently its treasurer. He is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University where he received a BA and a JD and practices law from home with a concentration in securities law and commercial transactions.