Scarsdale Board of Ed Member Jonathan Lewis Steps Down, Candidates Sought

This announcement is from the Scarsdale School Board Nominating Committee:

Scarsdale School Board member Jonathan Lewis has informed the School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) that, for personal and professional reasons, he will not be a candidate this year for re-election to the Scarsdale Board of Education. Mr. Lewis has served on the School Board since 2011 and, although eligible for re-nomination, has decided not to seek a second term.

John Clapp, Chair of the SBNC stated: “On behalf of the SBNC, I would like to thank Jonathan for his dedicated service to the school district and the community. While we would like to be considering him for re-nomination, we respect his decision to step down at the end of the current school year and wish him well in his future endeavors. We are encouraged that Jonathan will continue his work as the board's liaison to the New York State School Board Association through the end of his term.

Jonathan Lewis commented: "New York State policies threaten the quality of progressive public education in our district, and throughout the state. I intend to stay involved in education reform advocacy to promote the values of a liberal arts education, and to end policies that threaten the fiscal solvency of our school districts."

Following the recent elections, the SBNC will shortly be starting its work to identify candidates for nomination to the Board of Education. In 2014, the SBNC will nominate two candidates to the board. In addition to the vacancy created by Jonathan Lewis’ decision not to seek re-nomination, an additional seat is available to fill the position currently held by Sunil Subbakrishna, who is completing his first term and is eligible for re-nomination.

The SBNC invites all residents to propose candidates for the Board of Education. A candidate must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, a qualified voter, and a resident of the Scarsdale school district for at least one year prior to the May 20, 2014 school board election date. Candidates should complete a biographical information form and submit it via email to the SBNC Chair, John Clapp, at sbncchair@gmail.com as soon as possible, but no later than 5:00 PM on February 25, 2014. Forms are available at www.scarsdalesbnc.com. For more information on the SBNC, including the governing Resolution, information on the non-partisan system, and a list of the current SBNC members, please visit the SBNC website or contact the SBNC Chair.


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