BOE Overview and Members

  • What we do

    The four major functions of the School Board are being a representative, leader, steward, and advocate.

    Representative:

    • “School board members are elected by the residents of the school district the board oversees.” (School Law, 31st Edition)

     Leader:

    • 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.

     Steward:

    • The Board acts as a steward of public funds and is accountable for setting vision for the district and for all student achievement.

     Advocate:

    • 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.

    Community concerns…
    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.

    Meeting procedures…
    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
    daccurso@ardsleyschools.org
    500 Farm Road
    Ardsley, New York 10502
    914-295-5515

  • Who we are


    Theresa Quackenbush
    Teresa Quackenbush, 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: Audit & Finance/Budget Committee and the Long-Range Planning Committee. Teresa is also a BOE liaison for 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
    Vikas Agrawal, Vice President

    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: Communications Committee and the Long-Range Planning Committee. Vikas is also the Board Liaison for BOCES, NYSSBA, and the PTA.

    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.

    Hrishi Karthikeyan
    Hrishi Karthikeyan, Board Trustee

    Hrishi Karthikeyan rejoined the Board of Education in 2022 after previously serving from 2017-20. Hrishi and his wife have lived in Ardsley since 2008, and they currently have two children in the district, one at Ardsley Middle School and one at Ardsley High School.

    Hrishi has been an active member of the local community, including volunteering as a soccer and Ardsley Little League coach for many years.

    Hrishi serves on the following Board of Education sub-committees this year:  Audit and Finance/Budget Committee; and Contracts Committee. He is also the Board liaison to the Ardsley Education Foundation and to the Village and Town boards covering the district (Community Relations Liaison).

    Hrishi grew up in West Virginia and is a proud product of the public school system. He earned his bachelor's degree from Northwestern University and his law degree from NYU. After clerking for a federal district judge in San Antonio, Hrishi joined the Washington D.C. law firm Covington & Burling before moving to Ardsley and joining the National Basketball Association (NBA). He currently serves as Senior Vice President and Head of Business Strategy for the NBA.

    Mitchell Kleinman
    Mitchell Kleinman, Board Trustee  

    Mitchell Kleinman began his term on the Ardsley Board of Education in August 2022. He and his wife have resided in the Ardsley School District since 2013 and currently have one child in Ardsley High School and one child in Ardsley Middle School.

    Mitchell has been an active member of the local community, including volunteering as a basketball and Ardsley Little League coach for many years. He is currently on the Board of the Ardsley Little League.

    Mitchell serves on the following Board of Education sub-committees this year: Policy Committee and Contracts Committee. He is also the Board liaison to the Ardsley Panther Booster Club and to the Westchester Putnam Southern BOCES NYS Board.

    Mitchell grew up in Spring Valley, NY, and attended the public schools in the East Ramapo Central School District. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University at Albany - State University of New York, and his law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. After working as a prosecutor for the Office of the District Attorney, Queens County, he joined the private sector and is currently an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.

     

    Viktoria Paroder
    Viktoriya Paroder, Board Trustee

    Viktoriya Paroder began her term on the Ardsley Board of Education in July 2022. She and her husband have resided in the Ardsley School District since 2013 and currently have one child in Ardsley High School and one child who graduated in 2020.

    Viktoriya has been actively involved in the community, serving on the High School PPLT since 2019 and more recently on the DEI committee. She volunteers for science research program events in Ardsley High School as well as judges local and regional science research competitions.

    Viktoriya currently serves on the following Board of Education subcommittees: Communications Committee, Curriculum and Instruction/Personnel Committee and Policy Committee. Viktoriya is also the Board Liaison for PPLT and SAYF.

    Viktoriya grew up in Moldova. She is a radiologist and clinical researcher at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She received her MD and PhD degrees from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY and her Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry from SUNY Stony Brook.