YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Three people are running uncontested for three seats on the Yorktown Central School District Board of Education. The budget and trustee vote will be held from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in the Mohansic Elementary School gymnasium, 704 Locksley Road, Yorktown Heights.

RESHMI BOSE

Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background, education and experience.

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I am proud to be a Yorktown resident for 15 years with my husband, Subhra. Our two children attend the Yorktown schools. It’s been a pleasure and an honor for me to serve for three years as a Trustee on the Yorktown Central School District Board of Education. While on the BOE, I’ve served on the Fiscal Advisory Committee, and I currently serve as the chair of the Audit Committee.

Professionally, I’ve worked in the financial services industry for 22 years. I have an MBA in finance from NYU and a bachelor’s degree in finance from Michigan State.

My passion is K-12 education and providing educational opportunities to our students that will enable them to be the leaders of the next generation while cultivating empathy and kindness. Prior to being on the BOE, I have an extensive history of volunteering in YCSD in leadership positions in the PTA, PTSA Council, and Foundation for Excellence to provide grants and scholarships to students to reach their full potential. I’ve also served as a parent member on the National School District of Character Committee and as a board member on the State School of Character Committee.

Why do you want to be a member of the Yorktown School District Board of Education?

During my three years on the Board of Education, I’ve enjoyed collaborating with other trustees on the BOE, our superintendent, assistant superintendents, administration, faculty, parents and the community. Together, we have achieved significant milestones and many of our goals. As a district, we have many strengths: a strong fiscal position, 21st-century technology in the classrooms, athletic programs, top-notch facilities, performing arts programs, science and technology programs in grades K-12, talented and dedicated staff and of course, our students who never cease to amaze us with their strengths and achievements.

I hope to continue to build on the strengths of our district by bringing my finance background, fundraising background, organizational management, strategic thinking, and business acumen to the school board. I believe that my experiences and perspective will continue to add value to our district as we race into the future with our students well-prepared to pursue their dreams.

What is a top priority for the Yorktown School District going forward?

The Yorktown Central School District will continue to be a pioneer in its work with ESTEAM. The concept of ESTEAM is the magical coalescence of empathy, kindness, creativity, innovation, imagination, science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. We recognize that our students today are the leaders of tomorrow and beyond. It is our vision to empower our learners with the necessary skills to be successful when they enter the global workforce and for them to have the capacity to influence change in the world. While this is a lofty goal for any school district, it is a goal we believe in and it will remain a top priority for us.

We will continue to infuse ESTEAM into our instructional program, while we continue to embrace the importance of reading, writing, vocabulary, social studies, public speaking, music, physical education, world languages, and all other important content areas and subjects that our students learn about every day in the classrooms.

As we continue to build upon and expand our ESTEAM program, I am very excited for the opportunities that are ahead of us.

CHERYL REYNOLDS

Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background, education and experience.

I have lived in Yorktown for the past 21 years, with my husband, John. Our daughter is a 2017 Yorktown High School graduate who is currently a sophomore in college, majoring in elementary education. Our two sons attend schools within the Yorktown Central School District.

My education includes a bachelor of electrical engineering from Manhattan College and a master of business administration from Pace University. Following my graduation from college, I worked as an electrical engineer for a local utility company working on energy conservation projects. After obtaining my MBA, I held several management positions at a Fortune 500 insurance company.

For the past three-and-a-half years, I have been a Board of Education trustee for the Yorktown Central School District serving as co-chair of the Policy Committee and serving as a member of the Steering Committee. Prior to my time on the board, I enjoyed volunteering as Yorktown High School PTSA president, Mildred E. Strang Middle School PTA president (Excellence in Character and Citizenship Award recipient in 2017), Crompond PTA president and Mohansic PTA vice president.

In my free time, I am a volunteer basketball coach for the Yorktown Athletic Club and I recently completed my 10th year of coaching soccer for the Yorktown Youth Soccer Club. In 2013, I received the East Hudson Youth Soccer League “Coach of the Year” Award and the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association “Coach of the Year” Award.

Why do you want to be a member of the Yorktown School District Board of Education?

As a member of the Board of Education, I am able to share a vision for academic achievement including an expectation of high academic standards as part of a curriculum that educates the whole child. Rich academic curriculum, a plethora of sports opportunities, a strong performing arts department, various community service opportunities, a variety of different co-curriculars and clubs, and many civic opportunities within the school and community are some of the ways in which our students are able to become well-rounded students who will have a positive influence in this world. As a proud parent of a graduate of Yorktown High School and of two children currently attending schools in the district, I see the caliber of education and experiences my children receive while being a part of the school community.

As co-chair of the Policy Committee, I am able to review and implement school policies with a team of my colleagues focusing on student achievement and safety. Our policies support our vision and focus on what is best for all students. As a member of the Steering Committee, I collaborate with my colleagues in order to maintain and enhance facilities so that they can best service the needs of our learning community.

Whether it’s at Board of Education meetings, committee meetings, or school functions, my voice will always represent a vision for academic achievement that supports the whole child while maintaining a safe and secure learning environment for our school community.

What is a top priority for the Yorktown School District going forward?

A top priority for Yorktown Central School District is staying at the forefront of our students’ education, in a 21st-century learning environment, while maintaining a fiscally responsible budget.

Incorporated into our curriculum and vision is STEAM-based education—science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Recently, ESTEAM has become part of our academic world, with the first E representing empathy, being the foundation of all teaching and learning. The district continues to expand learning opportunities, as well as provide additional resources so that students can work and learn in an environment which fosters the ESTEAM philosophy. ESTEAM has allowed us to move the district forward with an emphasis on social-emotional learning opportunities for all students. Students are not only learning, but they know that what they learn can be put into action and make a difference in the world.

In addition to the district’s strong academic standards, a top priority will always be school safety and security. Our safety and security procedures are continuously reviewed and upgrades are made accordingly. Programs, resources, and safety measures are instituted in order to ensure that our staff and students can teach and learn in a safe and secure environment.

Whether it is upgrading facilities, expanding learning opportunities, adding resources or reinforcing school safety initiatives, the district strives to provide an optimum learning environment for all students. Our board responsibilities, in tandem with our district’s mission statement and our superintendent’s action plan, will ensure that every student will receive the best and most well-rounded education.

LISA ROLLE

Who are you? Provide a brief overview of your background, education and experience.

I have been a Yorktown resident for approximately 16 years. I have three children in the Yorktown School District, two of whom have graduated and one in eighth grade. I am an attorney and a partner in the national firm of Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP, where I have worked for approximately 12 years. I graduated from Pace Law School in 1994. I have been a trustee on the Board of Education since February 2018. I have also been very active in the Yorktown community, holding various leadership roles in the Yorktown PTAs, including president of the high school PTA and co-president of the District PTA. I also volunteer my time with the Yorktown Athletic Club and served on the Advisory Board for Yorktown Youth Court.

Why do you want to be a member of the Yorktown School District Board of Education?

I have been a trustee with the board since February 2018 and have witnessed first-hand the good work that is being done. The administration and trustees are dedicated to bringing the best education and school experience to the students in our community while remaining fiscally responsible. I would like to continue to be a part of that team.

What is a top priority for the Yorktown School District going forward?

Under the leadership of the current administration, Yorktown has developed the innovative ESTEAM program, which has taken the student experience to a whole new level. I would like to see this program continue to develop and grow.