PELHAM, N.Y. Nine-year Pelham resident Madeline Smith has announced that she will seek election to the Pelham Board of Education. Smith is running for her family's sake and because she believes her education and work experience will serve her well if elected, according to the press release announcing her candidacy.
Smith has a vested interest and significant experience in the Pelham school system because her daughter, Emily, graduated from Pelham Middle School and Pelham Memorial High School, while her son, Eric, is a first-grader at Colonial Elementary School.
"I would like to see my 7-year-old son have as many wonderful opportunities as my daughter did when she went through the Pelham school system, Smith said. She received an excellent education and was well-prepared for the rigors of college.
While she is running to support her son and the other students of the Pelham Union Free School District, Smith will rely on her education and work background to help tackle the complex budget issues the town currently faces, according to the press release.
After earning a BA in international affairs from Lafayette College, Smith received an MBA in finance from New York Universitys Stern School of Business, according to the press release.
She helped found Meigher Communications LP, a start-up magazine publisher, and grew it into an award-winning $30 million company. She was asked to continue working as director of operations for the company after helping sell it to World Publications.
Her new position, in which she was in charge of the New York office, required significant budgeting, cost-cutting analysis and strategic planning, according to the press release. She said the skills she developed at Meigher Communications can be directly applied to the many issues that the BOE faces right now, including Board of Education legal matters, budget cuts, staffing issues and union negotiations.
I developed our annual corporate budget, managed our capital expenditures budget and was in charge of human resources, information technology, legal, real estate and facilities management, she said in the press release.
Prior to that, she worked on the Government Bond Finance Desk at the former Bear Stearns.
Smith is hopeful she can strengthen communications between the administration, the community and the Board of Education if elected.
I'd like to improve the channels of communication, provide even greater access to public information, and strengthen our commitment to working together to overcome the challenges facing our district, including those that have resulted from the 2% tax cap recently enacted in Albany," she said.
During her time in Pelham, she has joined the Colonial PTA and PACT and been an active presence at board meetings in addition to her time in the Community Forum, Neighbor-to-Neighbor meetings and the line-by-line budget-review meeting, according to the press release. She also teaches on Sundays at Huguenot Memorial Church.
The election for Board of Education will take place May 15. Right now, there are four candidates running for two spots, because board President Robert Eicher is not running again and Doug Hearle is seeking re-election. Smith, Christine Rosskopf and Michael Recca are looking for their first election to the board.
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