BOE president seeking reelection along with two other incumbents

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PLEASANTVILLE - Pleasantville Board of Education President Doris Graves is seeking re-election along with running mates Johnny McClellan and Melanie Griffin.

Graves, who first took office on the school board in 1987, is running against a field that includes former board President Jerome Page and former board member Harriet Jackson.

Michael A. Bright and Lawrence A. Davenport are seeking their first terms on the nine-member board.

Graves said her biggest priority is to correct whatever needs the district has so that it no longer has to operate under the eyes of state-appointed monitor James Riehman. Also, she said the $2,250 the district pays for the monitor’s salary is money that would be better spent on the district’s schoolchildren.

“It’s our top priority,” she said.

Graves’ top accomplishments include increasing parental involvement by 60 percent, improving daily school attendance, improving state test score results, and placing four student computer labs in every school.

Griffin’s accomplishments include the creation of a parent resource center, estabilishing 21st century classrooms in schools, creating a safe learning environment and reducing crime.

McClellan’s accomplishments include updating the math program, completing major capital improvements and the turf field.

Pleasantville School Board elections will be held on 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.


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