Michael Gordon and Warren Schloat will not seek additional terms on the Katonah-Lewisboro school board, they confirmed Thursday evening, following the district's earlier announcement of two board vacancies.
Both began the first of their two terms six years ago.
Gordon, who served as the board's president for two years, reflected on the time he was involved.
"What strikes me is not a change in teaching abilities, or caliber of administrators or facilities," he said. "When I moved here, our infrastructure showed care and today still does. That doesn't mean we were perfect or will ever be perfect. As good as we were, I felt we had to improve...and we got it done. I truly believe the progress we made is a testament to the way the district goes about its business—with professionalism and accountibility."
Gordon, who said he was proud of "pushing back" against the status quo, and helping to keep budget-to-budget increases to "record low numbers," said he was looking forward to spending more time with his family and on other professional commitments.
Schloat, who served as board president for one year, added what he saw as their positive contribtuions, including creating a "customer service" culture, where they were "courageous enough to challenge the status quo but not agree with every letter-writer to the board."
"It been a wonderful and exciting 6 years, but it's time for new faces," he said. "It's been a great honor, and I'd do it again."
Current Board President Mark Lipton applauded both members.
"This community is very lucky to have had these gentlemen work with us—they are kind and compassionate," he said. "On behalf of this community, I thank you both."
Interested candidates may submit applications up until April 16 at 5 p.m.
Candidate packets can be obtained from Kimberly Monzon, district clerk, at the district's offices located at School, Monday – Friday during the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
A trustee’s term on the school board runs for three years. The election is held on May 15.
Westchester-Putnam School Boards Association will host a workshop for Prospective School Board Members on Thursday, March 29, 2012. Details on the workshop will be provided in the Prospective School Board Candidate Packets.