BOE Committee Descriptions

Please note that all Board of Education and District Committees will meet virtually for the 2020-21 school year. 

Audit

Focus: To oversee and report to the Board on the annual independent audit of the District’s records. The committee shall recommend the selection of the independent and internal auditors and continue on through the review of significant internal and external audit findings. 

Community Member Seats: max 3

Expected Meeting Frequency/Time: 4 meetings per year, early mornings or evenings

Committee Chair: Vincent Mazzaro, BOE Member

Additional Board of Education Members: Jessica Young

Authentic Learning (formerly Curriculum)

Focus: The Authentic Learning/Curriculum Committee will explore, study and implement the action steps of this goal area in the District’s Strategic Plan. Specifically, the committee will be looking at ways to advance relevant and authentic experiences for all students, and exploring how the District’s use of time and space can better support these efforts. 

Committee Chair: Dr. Steven Garcia, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Personnel

Board of Education Member: Jessica DeDomenico, BOE President

Community Member Seats: max 3

Expected Meeting Frequency/Time: 4 meetings per year, mornings

Bond Steering

Focus: The Bond Steering Committee will be the district’s advisory interface with the architect and construction manager. The Committee will meet between Board of Education (BOE) meetings to vet information related to construction, design and cost necessary to make informed decisions regarding the implementation of the 2018 Capital Improvement Bond. This committee will make recommendations to the Board as needed.

Community Member Seats: max 8

Expected Meeting Frequency/Time: As needed, mornings or evenings

Committee Chair: Jessica Young, BOE Member

Additional Board of Education Members: John Brice, Sue Bratone Childs

Community Engagement and Advocacy

Focus: To evaluate and improve two-way communication with the community and to advocate for the educational interests of our students and Public Education at both the state and local levels. During the 2020-21 school year, this committee may also assist in providing feedback on the District's educational plans as it related to the Hybrid and Distance learning models. 

Community Member Seats: max 12

Expected Meeting Frequency/Time: 6 meetings per year, mornings

Committee Chair: Jessica DeDomenico, BOE President

Additional Board of Education Members: Eileen Miller

Cultural Competence Oversight (formerly Diversity)

Focus: The Cultural Competence Committee will oversee the implementation of the action steps of this goal area in the District’s Strategic Plan. Specifically, the committee will work with District wide staff to support efforts to increase student voice and agency, align curriculum to reflect principles, values and lessons of inclusivity and equity, incorporate culturally responsive theory and practice, and build a more diverse and culturally proficient staff.   

Committee Co-Chairs: Dr. Cheryl Champ, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Maria Thompson, Director of Humanities and Lynn Sabia, Principal of Pelham Middle School

Board of Education Members: Eileen Miller

Community Member Seats: max 6

Expected Meeting Frequency/Time: 8 meetings per year, 3:30pm

Facilities/Athletic Facilities

Focus: The Facilities/Athletic Facilities Committee will oversee the long-term Capital Improvement Planning for all the district’s facilities including maintenance, small, and large capital projects relating to all schools, athletic facilities, and offices.

Community Member Seats: max 2

Expected Meeting Frequency/Time: 2 meetings per year, 7:30am

Committee Co-Chairs: John Brice, BOE Member and Vinny Mazzaro, BOE member

Safety and Security

Focus: The District's Safety & Security Committee works to assess and improve the security of our buildings and ensure that our students and staff are safe in and around the school facilities. 

Committee Chair: Jim Hricay, Asst. Superintendent for Business

Board of Education Members: Sue Bratone Childs

Community Member Seats: max 2

Expected Meeting Frequency/Time: 4 meetings per year, early mornings

Wellness

Focus: The Wellness Committee works as an oversight committee to maintain and/or implement new programs and strategies through a perspective of best practice for the social and emotional wellness of our students K-12. 

Committee Chair: Julia Chung, Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services

Board of Education Members: Leah Tahbaz

Community Member Seats: max 6

Expected Meeting Frequency/Time: 4 meetings per year, 3:30pm

The Following Committees will be on pause for the 2020-21 school year. 

International​ ​Baccalaureate​ Oversight

Focus: The International Baccalaureate Oversight Committee works to oversee the implementation of the IB MYP in grades 6-10.  

Committee Co-Chairs: Sean Llewellyn, Asst. Principal of Pelham Middle School and Judd Rothsetein, Asst. Principal of Pelham Memorial High School

Community Member Seats: max.3

Expected Meeting Frequency/Time: max.8 meetings per year, 3:30pm

K-12 Innovation

Focus: The K-12 Innovation Committee will focus on the exploration, understanding, and implementation of 21st century learning environments in the Pelham Public Schools. Our work aspires to engage and empower all learners, as we seek to enhance communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity in the curricular program.  

Committee Chair: Dr. Steven Garcia, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Personnel

Community Member Seats: max.3

Expected Meeting Frequency/Time: 4 meetings per year, 3:30pm

Literacy 

Focus: The Literacy Committee works to create a district culture of engaged and informed readers and writers who maintain a voice and choice in their work and who demonstrate critical thinking and strong communication skills. The Committee promotes a literacy-rich culture throughout the district, encourages the development of literacy infused programs, and makes recommendations regarding literacy-based opportunities. 

Committee Chair: Dr. Maria Thompson, Director of Humanities

Community Member Seats: max.3

Expected Meeting Frequency/Time: 4 meetings per year, 3:30pm

Math 

Focus: This committee reviews the District’s K-12 math programs and practices as well as professional development for staff. Members of the committee will seek ways to improve those programs. 

Committee Chair: Dr. Tom Callahan, Director of Math and Science

Community Member Seats: max.3

Expected Meeting Frequency/Time: 4 meetings per year, 3:30pm