SBNC Announces Endorsed Nominees for School Board

On March 22, the School Board Nominating Committee endorsed Mariquita Blumberg, Nilesh Jain and Pamela Montgomery to fill the seats on the Board of Education being vacated by Michael Bianchi, Jennifer Darger and Brian Yarrington.

A diverse group of hard-working individuals sat on the SBNC. They served with extreme thoughtfulness and dedication throughout the nomination and recommendation process. I would like to thank the SBNC committee for their efforts (names below).

I would also like to thank all of the nominees for their willingness to participate and abide by the SBNC process as well as their willingness to commit themselves to serve on the Board of Education.

Members of the SBNC for the 2017-18 School Year are as follows:
Central Park Avenue Association: Eileen Westler (alternate)
Cotswold Association: Wendy Amer-Hirsch, Victor Gialleonardo and Charles McNally (alternate)
Edgemont Association: Caryn Balamaci, Mark Rosenblatt, Lauren Ricci-Warren (alternate)
Edgemont High School G.O.: Shruti Kanna
ECC: Jiang Zhu, Genevieve Jaffe and Diane Gipstein (alternate)
Fort Hill Association: Jeff Sherwin and Scott Krochek
Greenridge Association: Dana Leff Niedzielska and Shula Darviche
Longview Association: Robin Luband
Northern Greenville Association: Evelyn Ray and Dylan Pyne
Southern Greenville Association: Jay Patel and Mrinal Jahnghani

Lastly, I would like to thank the local business, The Candlelight Inn, Gennaro’s Pizza and Giannoni’s Deli who donated food to feed the SBNC during the long evenings of interviews and deliberations.

Lisa Decker
School Board Nominating Committee Chair (

ECC Monthly Meeting – March 5, 2018

The Edgemont Community Council will be holding its March 2018 meeting tomorrow, Monday, March 5th at 8PM in the Edgemont Junior Senior High School Faculty Lounge.

The agenda can be found on our website.

As always, ECC meetings are open to the public.

ECC Monthly Meeting – February 12, 2018

The Edgemont Community Council will be holding its February 2018 meeting tomorrow, Monday, February 12th at 8PM in the Edgemont Junior Senior High School Faculty Lounge.

The agenda can be found on our website.

As always, ECC meetings are open to the public.

ECC Monthly Meeting – February 12, 2018

Reminder: Due to the Superintendent’s Conference Day scheduled for tomorrow, February 5, 2018 the February 2018 ECC Board of Directors meeting will be held Monday, February 12, 2018 (2nd Monday of the Month).

Ten Nominees to Interview with SBNC

This year the School Board Nominating Committee (SBNC) has done an outstanding job seeking qualified individuals to sit on the Edgemont Board of Education. Scores of people were approached and many of those individuals seriously considered the option up until yesterday’s deadline, leaving the committee with qualified and interested residents for the next few years. The SBNC also received letters of nomination from the community at large in response to the ECC’s “Call for Nominations” letter mailed to residents’ homes in December.

At last night’s public session (January 17th) the SBNC accepted letters of nomination for ten individuals to fill the three upcoming vacancies on the Edgemont School Board. Those individuals nominated were:
Mariquita Blumberg
Denise deGuzman
Jennifer DeMarrais
Michael Goldstein
Jay Jacobson
Nilesh Jain
Christopher Judge
Christopher Knopp
Pamela Montgomery
Ben Tanen

The SBNC accepts these letters of nomination and appreciates the willingness of all ten nominees to serve the Edgemont community and its schools.

As explained in the “Call for Nominations” letter two of these vacancies will be created by the expiration of the terms of office for Ms. Jennifer Darger and Dr. Brian Yarrington and will expire June 30, 2021. In addition, Mr. Kenneth Orce resigned from the Board in July 2017 for personal reasons, creating a third vacancy. This vacancy was temporarily filled in August by Michael Bianchi, a former Board of Education trustee. A replacement for Mr. Orce will be elected for the remaining one year of a three-year term which expires in June 30, 2019. In the general election on May 15, 2018 the two candidates who receive the most votes will receive one of the two 3-year terms, and the candidate who receives the 3rd most votes will receive the one-year term.

The SBNC seeks comment from Edgemont residents concerning all of the nominees. Comments should be submitted by March 1st in writing to Lisa Decker, SBNC Chair, 80 Edgemont Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583, or via email at Comments must be attributable (anonymous comments will not be accepted) and will be kept confidential within the SBNC.