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Irvington's Board of Education Appoints Planning Committee

Giselle Martin-Kniep will lead the strategic planning process
Giselle Martin-Kniep will lead the strategic planning process Photo Credit: Provided

IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- The Irvington Board of Education has created an ad hoc committee to help it form long-range plans for the school district.

At a special meeting on Nov. 23, trustees appointed more than a dozen parents, teachers, students, and administrators to the new committee.

The four community members on the team, parents of children in the district, are Deborah Hargraves, Anita Marshall, Daniella Sarnoff, and Courtney White.

Representing the teachers are Eli Byers, Stephen DiGiovanni, Tiffany Flynn, and Susan Wallace.

David Cohen, Gail Krieger and Deborah Mariniello will represent the administrators.

 Michael Hanna and Catherine Palmieri will represent the school board.

Irving High School students on the team are Dana Grotenstein, Nick Panjwani, and Mackenzie Tatananni.

Schools Superintendent Kris Harrison and the district’s administration will be a resource to the group, as well.

“The recruitment process was designed to create a balance of participants, from well-established voices to individuals who are new to the community,” said board President Phil Whitney.

The strategic planning process is being led by Giselle Martin-Kniep, president of Learner-Centered Initiatives and founder of Communities for Learning, two leading organizations in the sustained school improvement movement.

Martin-Kniep, a Stanford-educated professional, has worked with thousands of schools both nationally and internationally and has written several books on teaching and learning.

The board also said that it plans to survey community members for input on its programs, facilities, communication and community involvement, and other operational facets.

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