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June 28, 2012

Vol. 1, Issue 6

50th on lawn
WPSBA 50th Anniversary Gala

Across the Board

A Publication of WPSBA

A Legislative Look Back...

     "Our major obligation is not to mistake slogans

 for solutions." ~ Edward R. Murrow


     So many things were disconcerting during the final days of the 2012 NYS Legislative session, but here are my Top 3:   


     1.)  Legislation that seemed to appear out of thin air, yet was then voted on within a few days: a prime example is A10722-A/S7722-A which "Relates to determinations of appropriate educational programs for certain students". This legislation, which NYSSBA compared to a voucher bill, goes well beyond the federal law, and will pose an array of legal, financial and procedural issues for school districts. NOTE: the Governor has not yet signed the bill.   


     2.)  Lack of any analysis of the fiscal impact of legislation on school districts: Watch out for the  phrase "No fiscal impact" in new legislation such as S7740/A10712 which "Prohibits bullying and cyber-bullying in public schools", and which makes schools accountable for similar behavior off of school property and requires training and special procedures.  Especially beware of "FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: Undetermined", as in the above mentioned A10722-A/S7722-A. Clearly these and similar pieces of legislation (re; concussions, obesity), translate into new costs for school districts, thereby requiring further cuts and trade-offs in order to stay under the tax levy cap.


     3.) Albany seems to take one step forward and two steps backward when it comes to public education: School districts now have new mandates to implement and fund, but when will there be movement to address the critical mandate relief which the tax levy cap advocates bought into last year, or at the very least, financial parity against mandates which are newly legislated? How many more NYS Education and/or Mandate Relief Commissions and Councils will be convened before we see some real action?
On a more positive note, after much advocacy by WPSBA and our district clerks, we are delighted to announce that legislation passed allowing the continued use of lever voting machines in local municipal and school district elections through December 31, 2014 and thus keeping the election costs flat. We are also pleased that the Cooperative Purchasing Bill passed.  This will allow school districts and municipalities to use national purchasing cooperatives and "piggyback" onto large municpal contracts to garner the best price for products and equipment (only NYS prohibits this).

WPSBA will continue to advocate for relief from the key school district cost driver mandates. Join us as we partner with other groups in support of public education and the children we serve.
Lisa Davis, WPSBA Executive Director 
In This Issue
- On the Calendar
- Photos of 50th Gala
- Cartoons by BOE member
- Fond Farewell

New WPSBA Board

We are pleased to welcome our new board members:


Louis Conte, Pleasantville Douglas Glickert, Peekskill

Abby Mendelsohn, Harrison

Jennifer Rosen, Briarcliff Manor


WPSBA board member Karen Zevin (Croton-Harmon), will now serve as  Vice President. 


We also thank our retiring board members for their service:


Linnet Tse, Mamaroneck

Lynn McBride, Mount Vernon Richard Rugani, Bronxville

Anna Sterne, Dobbs Ferry


For WPSBA 2012-13 Executive Board, CLICK HERE

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On the Calendar


     Congratulations on the successful completion of the 2011-2012 school year! I want to thank everyone who attended WPSBA programs this year. We look forward to seeing all of you, and many new faces at future programs.

     One quick note, we will be sending out a survey to help us prepare our programs for the coming year. Please take a few minutes to share your opinion on topics you'd like to see discussed.  Happy Summer!

                            Kendall Egan, WPSBA President    


WPSBA NYS Mandated 6-Hour Governance Seminar

Saturday, September 8th from 8:00 pm to 4:00 pm

2 Westchester Plaza, Elmsford, NY 10523

Register through your District Clerk

Fee - $150 (includes training materials & meals)


This seminar fulfills the 6 hour governance training mandated by NY State. We encourage newly elected board members to attend this local training where they'll network with neighboring board members and learn about the key issues, while focusing on those issues unique to our area. Registration and cancellation deadline is August 24th.  

Our 50th Anniversary Bash

   Amy Paulin             

WPSBA celebrated "50 Years Strong for Education," with a Gala on May 31st at Crabtree's Kittle House Restaurant in Chappaqua. The evening was emceed by MSNBC reporter and anchor Alex Witt. Throughout the evening students entertained guests with fabulous musical performances. Awards were presented to US Congresswoman Nita Lowey and to NY Senator Suzi Oppenheimer for their long-standing service to public education.  Several legislators attended and presented WPSBA with proclamations.  As we move into the next 50 years, we thank all of our 54 school districts and our advertisers for their continued support of our association and the work we do.


To view additional photos, our "50 Years" slide show, the Commemorative Journal, or to read Lisa's Gala speech, please visit our website.


50th Anniversary

















 A Cartoonist in Our Midst

WPSBA board member, Stephen Jambor (Brewster), is a man of many talents, one of which is cartooning.  Here are two of his creations:

house of cards 2 drill bit final edit

A Fond Farewell

    As the school year draws to a close, we'd like to thank and acknowledge the dedicated service of the board members and superintendents who are stepping down this year: 

Board Members:

Graham Anderson, Bedford
Eric Bashford, Briarcliff Manor
Carol Ben Reuben, Mt Vernon
Marcela Bobe, Peekskill
Thomas Breslin, Carmel
Charles Bronz, Greenburgh  7
Robyne Camp, Irvington
Cora Lena Carey, Greenburgh 7 
Joseph Curto, Haldane 
John Dawson, Irvington
Robert Eicher, Pelham  
Thomas Exton, Pleasantville  
Fran Feuerman, Peekskill
Theresa Fowler, Mount Pleasant
Michael Gordon, Katonah-Lewisboro
Roger Gross, Brewster  
Douglas Hearle, Pelham
James Henson, Elmsford  
Steven Kaplan, Blind Brook-Rye  
Damian Kennedy, Mahopac  
Debra Lawrance, Elmsford  
Blanca Lopez, Port Chester-Rye  
Brian Macken, Valhalla  
Lynn McBride, Mt Vernon

David McCullagh, Pleasantville 
Carol McCullough, Garrison 
William McGuinn, Valhalla
Donna McLaughlin, White Plains
Maureen Miller, Somers  
Sean Mitts, Brewster  
Anant Nambiar, Mamaroneck  
Joshua Nathan, Rye  
Cathy O'Keffe, Rye Neck 
William Rosenberg, Valhalla  
Guy Rotondo, Briarcliff Manor
Richard Rugani, Bronxville  
Warren Schloat, Katonah-Lewisboro  
Ray Schmitt, Rye
Anna Sterne, Dobbs Ferry  
Gerald Stoughton, Edgemont  
Linnet Tse, Mamaroneck
Lisa Wexler, Edgemont



Dennis Lauro, Pelham (12/31/12) 

Daniel McCann, Hendrick Hudson

Edward Shine, Rye

Jacquelyn Taylor, Byram Hills