Ben-Levy runs for re-election in Roslyn BOE race, Valauri does not

Ben-Levy runs for re-election in Roslyn BOE race, Valauri does not
The Roslyn School District is hosted an election on May 16 where district residents voted for two board of education candidates and the district's budget. (Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Roslyn Board of Education President Meryl Waxman Ben-Levy is seeking re-election with new candidate Leigh Minsky, both unopposed in the school’s May 16 election.

Trustee Bruce Valauri is not running for re-election after serving on the board for 13 years. Minsky will be running for his seat.

The Roslyn School District will be hosting an election on May 16 for two seats on the Board of Education and for the school’s budget. Candidate filings for school board positions were due April 17.

School board member responsibilities include developing the school’s budget, creating strategic partnerships with community stakeholders, hiring and evaluating the superintendent, setting the direction of the school district and supporting a healthy school district culture, according to the New York State School Boards Association.

Candidates must have lived in the district for at least one year, ​​be a U.S. citizen and be at least 18 years old. Candidates cannot be employed by the board or live in the same household with a family member who is also a member, according to the association.

The Roslyn Board of Education has seven members, including President Ben-Levy and Vice President Michael Levine. Board members serve three-year terms.

Ben-Levy, who has served on the board since July 1, 2005, is seeking her seventh term.

“I am running for re-election to continue to provide visionary responsible passionate leadership for our schools in collaboration with my board colleagues and our professional staff,” Ben-Levy said. “We have accomplished so very much together, yet there still remains so much to do.”

Valauri joined the board July 1, 2010. He said he thinks it is now time for someone else to come in and provide another perspective for the board.

As he’s been on the board for 13 years, he said it is very difficult to leave.

“I knew going into it it was going to be challenging, but also a wonderful experience both personally and professionally,” Valauri said. “It’s actually amounted to be much more than I could possibly imagine.”

District residents can vote for the board of education candidates and the district’s budget from 7 a.m.-9 p.m. on May 16 in the North Gym at Roslyn High School.

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