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Bedford Begins Process To Fill School Board Vacancy

The Bedford Central School District has laid out the process to fill the school board vacancy left by the resignation of Lee Goldstein.
The Bedford Central School District has laid out the process to fill the school board vacancy left by the resignation of Lee Goldstein. Photo Credit: File Photo

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- The Bedford Central School District has begun the process of filling the vacancy on the school board.

The board is filling the vacancy left by Lee Goldstein, who resigned because her family is moving to Connecticut. The school board said applications are due Sept. 13.

There will be a special election for the seat May 20. Goldstein was elected to the school board in 2012; her three-year term expires June 30, 2015.

The board will conduct interviews at Fox Lane Middle School Sept. 18. The meeting will be open to the public and televised on BCSD-TV. The district said they are asking community members to submit questions or topics by Sept. 13

The board is expected to make an appointment Sept. 25. To be eligible for the position, an individual must be a qualified voter of the district  and have lived in the school district for at least one continuous year. At a minimum, service on the board requires preparation for and attendance at bi-monthly meetings. In addition, board members serve on at least one board subcommittee, which meets monthly.

Interested individuals may obtain an application on the district’s website www.bcsdny.org or may contact Carole LaColla, district clerk at 914-241-6011 or via email at clacolla1777@bcsdny.org.

Susan Wollin, president of the school board, said she is confident the process will choose a worthy candidate. This is the third time the board has filled a vacancy during Wollin's tenure.

"It's very similar to the process we've used in the past," Wollin said. "We hope to appoint somebody based on the outcome of the meetings."

The board last filled a vacancy in 2011 when Mark Chernis resigned to avoid a conflict of interest with his employer and the district.

The Bedford Central School District is comprised of the towns of Bedford, Pound Ridge and Mount Kisco.

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