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BOE Election Candidates Bios Available


All candidates are running for a three-year term on the Newburgh Enlarged City School District Board of Education. You will select 3 candidates on the ballot. Select a candidate below to view their bio...

Name: Mark Levinstein

Years in District:
25 

Employment:  
North Point Carpet Supplies

Education: Associates degree OCCC
 
Spouse/Occupation/Employment: Teacher Aide - NECSD

Children/Ages/Schools: 
Aliya, 22, Graduate of American University - Rebecca, 21 University of Albany (Junior) - Michael, 18, Binghamton University (Freshman) - Matthew, 14, NFA (9th grade)

NECSD Committees/Community Committees Served On:
NECSD: Finance, Personnel, Curriculum, Building & Grounds, Library, & Compact Committees
Temple Beth Jacob Trustee. Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County Trustee 
 

How would you complete the following sentence?
If I could achieve any one education accomplishment while serving as a Board of Education Member it would be...
To partner with parents and educators to create better outcomes and opportunities for the children of the Newburgh School District.

What do you view as the Board of Education's top priorities:
To ensure a safe and secure environment for the children of this district, so our educators can provide to the best education possible. Strive to make sure that our students graduate, and that they are College or Career ready, and Civic-minded young adults.

Name: Carole Mineo

Years in District:
 43

Employment:
Retired NECSD 33 years retired as Principal of Gidney Ave. Memorial School
2007-2013 Poughkeepsie City School District Director of Special Projects and PHS School Improvement Manager

Education: B.A. SUNY New Paltz Secondary Education- Spanish, M.S. New Paltz Elementary Education, C.A.S. SUNY New Paltz Educational Administration
 
Spouse/Occupation/Employment: Deceased Retired NECSD 20 years

Children/Ages/Schools: 
N/A

NECSD Committees/Community Committees Served On:
2014 – 2017 Board of Education Newburgh Enlarged City School District 2014-15 Chair - Buildings & Grounds and Diversity Committees, Member – Policy Committee 2015-16 and 2017 President of the Board of Education Newburgh Enlarged City School District, Ad hoc member of all board committees Member Strategic Planning/Shared Decision Making District Team
 

How would you complete the following sentence?
If I could achieve any one education accomplishment while serving as a Board of Education Member it would be...
To provide a primary education that would develop the capacity in all students to read and do math on grade level while developing a sound financial plan for the District. 

What do you view as the Board of Education's top priorities:
To provide a safe environment in which all students can learn, to provide fiscal responsibility, to provide open dialog with all stakeholders.
Name: Darren Stridiron

Years in District:
 16

Employment:
Heritage Land Surveying, P.C. (Self Employed)

Education: A.A.S. Forestry SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry, Townsend Harris High School at Queens College
 
Spouse/Occupation/Employment: Evelyn Mejia-Stridiron-Heritage Land Surveying, P.C.

Children/Ages/Schools: 
Matthew-15- NFA North, David-13- Heritage Middle School,- Zachary- 20 months

NECSD Committees/Community Committees Served On:
Curriculum Committee, Policy Committee (Chair), Personnel Committee, Buildings & Grounds Committee, Library Committee, Talent Development Sub-Committee, Horizons on Hudson Compact Committee, Horizons on Hudson PTA.
 

How would you complete the following sentence?
If I could achieve any one education accomplishment while serving as a Board of Education Member it would be...
Helping to create an educational environment where both students and staff reach their full potential.

What do you view as the Board of Education's top priorities:
Ensuring our school are safe, Early literacy programs, ensuring that our schools are meeting the needs of all learners. 
Name: William Walker
 

Years in District:
30 years ( another 11 years in other districts)

Employment:
retired teacher of English Language Arts

Education: BA Baldwin-Wallace College - MS Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
 
Spouse/Occupation/Employment: Agnes Kelly Walker OCCUPATION: counselor PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT: Dutchess County ARC

Children/Ages/Schools:
Brechti Elleni Walker- Vega, 31, Newburgh Enlarged City School District, BA
Pine Manor College
Kebreht Meheret Walker, 24, Tuxedo Park School, Newburgh Enlarged City
School District, BA Agnes Scott College 

NECSD Committees/Community Committees Served On:
1. Textbook selection committee
2. Numerous reading and writing committees
3. NAACP
4. Racial Unity Council
5. Nehemiah Project
 

How would you complete the following sentence?
If I could achieve any one education accomplishment while serving as a Board of Education Member it would be...
to continue to raise the reading, writing, analytical skills of all students by making our schools relevant hubs within our community.

What do you view as the Board of Education's top priorities:
Curriculum and teacher development
Budget alignment
Diversity recruitment
Collaboration between the district, union, schools, and community 
Name: Sylvia Santiago

Years in District:
15 years

Employment:
Controller at gcg CONNECT, LLC DBA HyperPointe

Education: B.S. Accounting, St. John’s University
 
Spouse/Occupation/Employment: Victor Santiago/Technology Support Engineer/Trinity School

Children/Ages/Schools:
Samantha 17, NFA Main
Victor 20, Loyola University Baltimore
Stephanie 24, Graduate of St Rose University Albany 

NECSD Committees/Community Committees Served On:
NECSD - Newburgh Education Advisory Team
NECSD - Newburgh Equity Team
NECSD - Compact Committees Various – District, NFA, Heritage, New Windsor
Heritage Junior High School PTO
New Windsor Boy Scout Troop #4028 Committee
New Windsor Girls Scouts Service Unit #218
New Windsor Girls Softball League Board of Directors
Friends of Newburgh Crew Inc (501c3)
St. Bartholomew School, Elmhurst (Queens), NY Home School Association
 

How would you complete the following sentence?
If I could achieve any one education accomplishment while serving as a Board of Education Member it would be...
education fairness for all

What do you view as the Board of Education's top priorities:
Ensuring policies meet student needs to help them succeed
Fiscal responsibility
Helping families navigate through the educational process
Improving communications for the entire school community 










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