Dear Pelham Parents and Community Members,
As I shared on Sunday, our annual budget vote and school board member election will be taking place only by mail-in ballot this year with all ballots needing to be received by 5pm Tuesday, June 9. All ballots will be mailed directly to registered voters within the District with a postage paid return envelope and should be completed and mailed back in. This year, the ballot will ask voters to:
Approve the 2020-21 Annual School Budget
Authorize the District to reallocate unspent funds within the approved 2018 capital bond from athletic fields to building projects
Elect two candidates to three-year terms to the Board of Education
We are still working on details, but anticipate finalizing and adopting the school budget on Tuesday, May 12. Information and required forms for the school board election are available on the District website under the Board of Education tab. Interested candidates must file with the District Clerk by 5pm on May 11. Once the budget and candidates are finalized, the District will prepare, print and mail ballots as quickly as possible.
Please know that we are continuing to monitor guidance from New York State and are working hard to ensure the vote/election runs as smoothly as possible in our changed environment. We will continue to share additional information as it becomes available and appreciate your patience as we continue to adapt in the face of this pandemic.
As a reminder, the Board of Education is meeting this evening at 8:15pm and the meeting will stream on Youtube Live. Please enjoy a pleasant evening.
Cheryl H. Champ
Superintendent of Schools
Social Distancing Guidelines
- Stay home as much as possible, even if you feel healthy
- Refrain from congregating in groups and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet between yourself and others
- Refrain from social gatherings, playdates and sleepovers with friends
- Do not visit public playgrounds
- Use caution when visiting grocery stores/pharmacies and consider delivery services for food and groceries.
- When maintaining social distancing is not possible, cover your nose and mouth with a cloth or mask when you leave home.
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your face, especially your mouth, nose, or eyes.
Contact Information for Social Workers and Student Assistance Counselor
Our social workers and student assistance counselor continue to be available to support those who are experiencing hardships and need assistance. Please feel free to contact:
- Kristin Quintano, Social Worker, 914-738-3434 x1295
- Sharon Charles, Social Worker, 914-738-8190 x1218
- Kelley-Anne Lonergan, Student Assistance Counselor, 914-738-8182
Information on Community Organizations Offering Assistance
Additionally, organizations such as Pelham Together, the Junior League of Pelham and our faith community have offered their assistance with those families with a variety of needs, including food, child care, and other demands of day-to-day life. The Pelham Civic Association is also available for families that have fallen on hard times due to this pandemic. Please feel free to reach out in confidentiality for potential assistance to Richard Davidian, Vice President, Community programs at Richard.Davidian1@gmail.com (914-552-0872) or Dr. Stan Trocchia, Chairman, Good Neighbors program Goodneighbors@pelhamcivics.org.