New Year, New Principal at Pound Ridge Elementary

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. – Pound Ridge Elementary School will open on time Tuesday despite Tropical Storm Irene's best efforts.

Bedford Central School District officials considered delaying the opening, but with electrical power and internet connections restored to all the district’s buildings, they decided to stay on the schedule that was originally planned.

Students will be greeted by the school’s new interim Principal Tim Gembka, who took over the reins from Peter Politi, who retired in July.

Originally from Brooklyn, Gembka worked in the Ossining School District for nearly 10 years. Though he took the post on an interim basis, he said he would approach it like any other job he’s had as an educator.

“It’s a great school district and a good opportunity,” he said.

As the new school year gets under way, the district is seeking volunteers for its various citizen advisory committees. Those interested can fill out an application at the district’s website. Applicants will need to indicate the committee they are applying for directly on the application. Those already appointed to committee should let the district know if they would like to continue to serve for the 2011-12 school year by e-mailing their committee chairperson.

The PTA will mark the opening of Pound Ridge Elementary School’s year with its annual Ice Cream Social, Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Pound Ridge Town Park. Hot dogs and soft drinks will be sold, but you can also pack a picnic dinner. The rain date is Monday.


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