BOE Overview and Members

BOE
  • 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.

    Questions/Correspondence to the Board:
    Any general questions pertaining to meetings, schedules, agendas, and minutes, can be addressed to:

    Barbara Koppel, District Clerk
    bkoppel@ardsleyschools.org
    500 Farm Road
    Ardsley, New York 10502
    914-295-5515

  • Who we are

     

    Matt Bonney

    Matt Bonney, President

    Matt Boney has lived in the Village of Ardsley for 17 years with his wife Stephanie. They have two children, one at Concord Road School and one at Ardsley Middle School.

    Prior to his election to the Board of Education in May 2015, Matt had been an active participant in our school community and served on three committees for the district: the Citizen Finance Committee, the Strategic Planning Committee and the Audit and Finance Committee of the Board of Education.

    Currently, in addition to being the President of the Board of Education, Matt serves on the following Board of Education sub-committees: Ardsley Panther Association Committee, Audit and Finance Committee, Board Development Committee, Contracts Committee, and the Curriculum & Instruction Committee/Personnel Committee.  Matt is also the Board liaison to BOCES and is an AYSO soccer coach in the district.

    Matt was born and raised in Yonkers and graduated from Yonkers High School. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Manhattan College.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and currently he is a Senior Tax Partner with the accounting firm Citrin Cooperman.

     Nicole Minore

    Nicole Minore, Vice President

    Nicole Minore began her term with Board of Education in 2016. She and her husband have resided in Ardsley since 2002, and have two children in the district, one at Concord Road School and one at Ardsley Middle 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 been serving as a leading organizer for Ardsley Day since 2010. She was 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 most recently served on the Ardsley Middle School PPLT, prior to joining the Board.

    In addition to being Vice President, Nicole serves on the following Board of Education sub-committees: Board Development Committee, Community Relations Committee, Long Range Planning (Facilities) and Housing Development Committee, Special Education Committee, and the Technology Committee. Nicole is also the Board liaison for the AEF and the PPLT.

    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.

    Frank Hariton

    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 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 ten 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: Audit and Finance Committee, Contracts Committee, Curriculum & Instruction Committee/Personnel Committee, and the Policy Committee. Frank is also the liaison to BOCES, NYSSBA, the PTA, and is the School Boards Association/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 six 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.

      Pam Epstein

    Pamela Epstein, Board Trustee

    Pamela Epstein is a recent addition to the Board of Education, starting her term in July 2017. She and her husband have resided in Ardsley since 2013, and have three sons, with one child still in the district at Ardsley High School.

    Pamela has been active in the Ardsley community. She is 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.

    This year Pamela serves on the following Board of Education sub-committees: Community Relations Committee and the Special Education Committee and is a Board liaison for the AEF, the PPLT, and the PTA.

    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.

     Hrishi

    Hrishi Karthikeyan, Board Trustee

    Hrishi Karthikeyan is a recent addition to the Board of Education, starting his term in July 2017. Hrishi and his wife have lived in Ardsley since 2008, and they currently have two children attending Concord Road School.

    Prior to joining the Board, Hrishi was an active member of the local community, including volunteering as an Ardsley Little League coach for six years.

    This year, Hrishi serves on the following Board of Education sub-committees: Ardsley Panthers Association Committee, Long Range Planning (Facilities) and Housing and Development Committee, Policy Committee and Technology Committee. Hrishi is also the Board liaison to the SAYF Coalition.

    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 moving to Ardsley from Washington, D.C., Hrishi joined the National Basketball Association, where he currently serves as Senior Vice President of Legal and Business Affairs for the NBA’s global merchandising business.