An incumbent and a newcomer are the only Mamaroneck School Board candidates for whom petitions have been picked up so far, according to the district clerk’s office. The completed petitions must be filed by Tuesday, April 19 for a candidate to appear on the May 18 ballot. There are two board seats up for election this year.
Nancy Pierson, who has held various leadership positions with the PTA and special education committees, is finishing her first school board term and has announced she is running again.
“We are in a very stable place right now educationally; though the financial times add unprecedented challenges,” said Ms. Pierson. She is looking forward to working with the new superintendent, Dr. Robert Shaps, who she hopes will allow the district to “provide education in a more sustainable way.”
Ms. Pierson, 52, resides in the Murray Avenue elementary school district. Her three children attended Mamaroneck public schools and graduated from Mamaroneck High School.
Matthew Schoengood, 52, confirmed that he will be running for a first term on the board. Although not new to education – he is the vice president for student affairs at the City of New York Graduate Center – he has not been involved with the Mamaroneck schools as a PTA or board volunteer before. He has a Masters in Public Administration from New York University and studied labor relations and personnel management.
Mr. Schoengood resides in the Chatsworth Elementary School district. If elected, Mr. Schoengood would replace Janet Buchbinder, who is going off the board after two terms and also resides in the Chatsworth area.
Susan Branagan, co-president of the Selection Committee for the Nomination of School Board Nominees, which recruits, reviews and endorses candidates, said the committee would not be announcing its endorsements until next week. Additional information on the candidates will be available at that time.
In recent years, most school board races have been uncontested. The last contested election was in 2005. The Selection Committee endorses only one candidate for each open seat, and typically there are no independent candidates.
Selection Committee Seeks New Members
The committee did issue a brief release this week announcing that it was accepting applications for new members. Applications are available on the committee’s website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due back by April 20.
Judy Silberstein is a former member of the Mamaroneck School Board. She ran once with the endorsement of the Selection Committee and once without.