YORKTOWN, N.Y. - Three candidates are running for two seats on the Yorktown Board of Education. They are incumbents Anthony D’Alessandro and Michael Magnani and newcomer Elizabeth Anderson Scully. Here are their answers to three questions posed by Yorktown News:

Anthony D’Alessandro
 

Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background and experience.
There is no question that these are unprecedented and unpredictable times greatly impacting education as a whole because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I am Anthony D’Alessandro, one of seven dedicated school board members of the Yorktown Central School District. I am honored and lucky to be a part of this school board and the administration for 15 years.

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Why do you want to be a school board trustee?
[Superintendent] Dr. [Ron] Hattar leads us with his vision for the future. This may not be the traditional way of learning but because of Dr. Hattar, his administrators, our wonderful teaching staff and superstar students, we have catapulted this district into the future of learning. Navigating through this horrendous experience will be challenging, like none before, but I am confident we shall prevail.

What is a top priority for the school board as Yorktown Central School District adjusts to academic life during and/or after the coronavirus emergency? 
As we all adjust to the new academic life, looking forward to schools hopefully opening in September, our students’ safety and welfare will always be our top priority. Remaining the same will be the exceptional and exemplary learning standards to ready our students for success in their next educational experience.
I would like to thank the parents, our community, the teachers and the school district for letting me help lead the way, dynamically pushing forward through this horrific virus.  

Michael Magnani
 

Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background and experience. 
I have been a YCSD trustee since 2006. I have served as vice president since 2016 and as chairman of the Fiscal Advisory Committee since inception. I am also often involved in contractual negotiations with our collective bargaining units. 

Why do you want to be a school board trustee?
I am running again because I believe experience will be critical the next few years as we continue to move our vision forward in the face of incredible challenges. 

What is a top priority for the school board as Yorktown Central School District adjusts to academic life during and/or after the coronavirus emergency? 
The top priorities for any school board are to set policy, manage district finances and to support and evaluate the superintendent. Current challenges include maintaining a positive learning environment, budgeting with reduced and changing revenue and maintaining the safety and security of our students and staff. 

Elizabeth Anderson Scully
 

Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background and experience.
I was born and raised in Yorktown. A product of the Yorktown schools who is involved professionally with youth martial arts and early childhood education, I am running for the school board to be a relatable voice for both students and taxpayers in the district.I am running for the Board of Education in the Yorktown Central School District because Yorktown schools made me the person I am today. I have been active within the district since I graduated from Yorktown High School in the Class of 2003. For the last 10 years I have worked at the United Martial Arts Centers in Briarcliff Manor and Shrub Oak. I have been involved in public service both as a volunteer with organizations such as My Brother Vinny as well as having served as a member of the St. Patrick’s Church Parish Council, where I was the youngest person elected on the council. I also worked as the rectory clerk and taught religious education for 10 years.

Why do you want to be a school board trustee?
My top priority as a board member is to protect taxpayers. The first challenge I will face during the pandemic will be to help students and families adjust to these difficult circumstances as easily as possible. As your next board member, I will work with my colleagues to develop clear, helpful guidelines and smooth, innovative process flows to achieve this.

What is a top priority for the school board as Yorktown Central School District adjusts to academic life during and/or after the coronavirus emergency?
It is important that both taxpayers and the students have a relatable voice on the school board. I intend to work with the amazing team of educators and hard-working employees of the district as that voice. I am so proud of my amazing family and watching my children grow up in the YCSD. That is why I want to give back to the school district which provided the education I received. I want to preserve the high-quality, in-classroom instruction that our children need while investing in new smart technologies which support that mission, at the affordable price our families deserve. 

 

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