The Citizens’ Non-Partisan Candidate Committee for the Chappaqua Board of Education recently released its list of candidates for the Chappaqua school board. Read its statement below:
CITIZENS’ NON-PARTISAN CANDIDATE COMMITTEE
FOR THE CHAPPAQUA BOARD OF EDUCATION REPORTS OUT
AMY ANSEHL, RANDALL KATCHIS,
JEFFREY MESTER AND NONA ULLMAN
FOR THE MAY 18, 2010 CHAPPAQUA BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTION
The Citizens’ Non-Partisan Candidate Committee for the Chappaqua Board of Education (CNPCC)* is reporting out four candidates for the Board of Education. The reported candidates, listed alphabetically, are: Amy Ansehl, Randall Katchis, Jeffrey Mester, and Nona Ullman. This year, two Board of Education seats are up for election. Jay Shapiro who has served two terms is not seeking re-election. Jeffrey Mester who is completing his first term is seeking re-election.
The purpose of the CNPCC, which was formed in 1947, is to seek out and encourage able and interested citizens to run for the Board of Education, to assist candidates in obtaining information regarding the role of a Board of Education member, and to ensure that qualified candidates are presented to the voters. It is not a legal requirement to come before the CNPCC in order to run for the Board of Education. All candidates seeking to run for the Board must obtain signatures of community residents on a petition available from the District Clerk, Theresa Markley (238-7225), in the Chappaqua Education Center. The deadline for filing the petition is 5:00 pm on Monday, April 19, 2010.
The CNPCC represents a cross-section of the community. Its reporting out of candidates is based on an interview and deliberation process and reflects the committee’s assessment that each candidate has the qualifications necessary to effectively participate as a member of the Board of Education. In reviewing candidates, some of the factors considered by the CNPCC included:
• A commitment to serve in the best interests of the community, including a demonstrated connection to the community and knowledge of issues facing the Chappaqua school district.
• The ability to make informed decisions free of prejudice or conflicts of interests.
• The ability to communicate effectively and to engage others in discussion of issues.
• The ability and willingness to work effectively with other members of the Board of Education.
• The ability to make the necessary time commitment.
• A demonstrated concern for the quality of education in the community.
The CNPCC encourages voters to familiarize themselves with the candidates and the issues affecting Chappaqua schools. A debate among the candidates, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New Castle, is scheduled for May 13 at 7:30pm at the Chappaqua Library, where the League will also distribute a Candidates Guide.
The Board of Education election and school budget vote will be held on Tuesday, May 18, 2010 from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm at the Horace Greeley High School gymnasium.
* Lea Barth (co-chairperson), Randi Childs, Neil Forster, Steffi Green, Richard Laster, Mimi Foldes Leibner, Lisa Paget-Kahn, David Perlmutter, Claudio Phillips, Andrew Schwartz (student representative), Vicky Tipp (co-chairperson), Penny Vane, Stephen Wiseman