BRIARCLIFF MANOR, N.Y. – The Briarcliff Manor School Board recently welcomed two new board members but is still one short with vice president Rosella Ranno announcing her resignation this week.
Board members say they were notified by Superintendent of Schools Neal Miller that Ranno resigned “for personal reasons” June 30, exactly one year before her term was to expire. Former board president Guy Rotondo and trustee Eric Bashford opted not to run for re-election after their terms expired this year and new trustees Dina Brantman and Michael Haberman filled their seats. Ranno’s resignation leaves a vacancy. It also leaves new board president Sal Maglietta and new board vice president Jennifer Rosen as the board’s only members with at least one year of experience.
Rosen said she appreciated the timing of Ranno’s resignation as it falls in between the school years.
“To resign at the end of the school year is appropriate,” Rosen said Thursday. “It would have not been helpful to the community or the board for her to resign in the middle of the school year. So she’s resigning at a time that allows the board to go out and find someone new during a bit of a slower time so it does make it a little easier.”
Ranno was not immediately available for comment Thursday.
The Briarcliff School District posted a notification of the vacancy this week and an application form is available on the district’s website with the term expiring May 21, 2013. The deadline to file applications, including a resume and letter of interest, is July 23. The board opted Monday to pursue a new board member through appointment with hopes of voting on a new member in August. Rosen said the board chose appointment instead of a special election for several reasons.
“It is a faster process but if we were to do it the other way, it could be a great expense to the community,” Rosen said. “With a special election and the time all of those notices could take, it could be a few months before we would have a new board member. And the position is only for one year so that wouldn't make a lot of sense. The board is committed to having a trustee on the board by September.”