Board of Education

The Board of Education is comprised of nine volunteer members from the community who are elected by voters to establish policy and set direction for the administration of the school district. Public meetings are held twice monthly. The Board, which is sensitive to community needs, aspirations and available resources, encourages community participation and support for the schools.

Board Member Term Expiration Date
Michael Buono, Assistant Clerk June 30, 2026
Mark Mann June 30, 2026
Jennifer O’Brien June 30, 2025
Samantha Phillips June 30, 2027
Michele Skumurski, Deputy Treasurer June 30, 2025
Emily Steinbach, Vice President June 30, 2025
Jesse Temple, President June 30, 2026
Kimberly Turner June 30, 2027
Catherine Van Orden June 30, 2027

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About the Board of Education

The East Greenbush Central School District Board of Education is a team comprised of nine volunteer community members. Each of them is elected by District voters and serve three-year terms. The Board of Education acts in accordance with New York State law and regulations established by the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Education. The Board of Education is sensitive to the needs of its community.  It responds by listening to the aspirations of its neighbors, and responds within the means of available resources. The Board accomplishes these goals in a variety of ways:

  • Publishing a clear manual of policies
  • Drafting and discussing openly an annual budget to be approved by voters
  • Connecting the Central Administrative team to the community
  • Working with the Central Administrative team in ratifying personnel matters

The Board of Education encourages community involvement. Residents are invited to join the Board at its meetings, which are held twice monthly. Locations are selected at various school buildings across the District, with the purpose that the Board may best reach all of the people it represents. The Board communicates with the public by way of this website, Facebook, and Twitter. It also publishes an annual comprehensive newsletter which provides detailed information to District residents about school programs, initiatives, and finances.

The Board of Education and Central Administration team have created a joint email account to receive your questions, comments and concerns. You may contact them by clicking here. A response will be made by the Superintendent of Schools, unless your email is specifically addressed to the Board of Education, in which case the Board President or Vice President will respond on behalf of the Board.

Board of Education Vision and Goals (2023-24)

  • Future-Driven Education
    • Ensure all school leaders, teachers and staff implement practices through which all students acquire technology skills, critical thinking skills, communication skills and problem-solving skills
    • Continue to implement a comprehensive middle school initiative which is whole-learner centered, stakeholder driven and encompasses evidence-based best practices for middle level education
    • Develop and implement facilities improvements which provide future-driven teaching, learning and extracurricular environments for students, educators and community
  • Whole-Learner Focus
    • Continue to implement curriculum, programming and instructional practices that will lead to an increase in our graduation rate for all students; increase the percentage of graduates with an advanced Regents diploma by passing eight or more Regents examinations
    • Promote and support the expansion of pathways for students to pursue the trades and career and technical fields
    • Increase the percentage of students in grades 3-8 scoring at level 3 and level 4 on the NYS ELA, mathematics, and science assessments
    • Evaluate the Pre-K program
    • Develop and implement a multi-tiered system of behavioral support for students, ensuring that struggling students and families remain connected to and feel supported by the educational community
  • Safe, Inclusive and Diverse
    • Continue to evaluate and enhance district school safety policies and practices in all schools and at all school sponsored activities
    • Ensure a culture of inclusion for all students and families. The district will address policies, practices and school activities to provide an inclusive environment.
    • Continue to explore new initiatives to recruit, develop, promote, and support a diverse and inclusive talent pipeline of leaders, educators and support staff

Board of Education Vision, Goals and Objectives (2023-24)


To make available to all students, a safe learning environment that affords academic excellence in all its programs; provide dedicated and supportive staff; and work in partnership with family and the community with the intent to set up all students for success with their future endeavors.


Board of Education members serve on committees with teachers, administrators, school staff, parents and community members to advise on different areas of the school district. View Committees.

Information on School Board Elections

Individuals interested in running for the Board of Education may obtain information here.