IRVINGTON, N.Y. – Four candidates are vying for two open seats on the Irvington Board of Education this spring.
School Board President Robert Grados is running for re-election with newcomer Seth Oster, against David Graeber and John Montgomery. School board member James McCann, whose term is expiring, will not seek re-election.
Each seat is for a three-year term. Election Day is May 21.
Oster has lived in Irvington since December 2011, with children at Dows Lane Elementary and the Main Street School. He currently works as the chief communications officer for KPMG, having previously worked as a presidential appointee at the EPA, deputy national executive director of communications at the Screen Actors Guild and executive vice president and chief communications officer at the Motion Picture Association of America. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Bright Star Schools in Los Angeles.
Grados has been a member of the Board of Education since 2010 and has served as the School Board President for 2012-13. He is a partner at Allen & Overy LLP, an international law firm. Grados practices real estate and real estate finance law. He has lived in Irvington since 2006, and has three children in the school district attending Dows Lane Elementary, Main Street School and Irvington Middle School.
Graeber has spent 14 years as an educator in New York City, currently working as an education administrator and director of achievement and instruction for 30 schools across the city. He lives in Irvington with his wife and two children.
Montgomery has lived in Irvington for 14 years. He has a daughter attending Irvington High School next fall and a son who attended Dows Lane Elementary and Main Street Schools before heading to private school. He currently works as an economist at National Economic Research Associates, consulting on financial litigation and regulation enforcement. He previously worked at the Federal Reserve Board, the International Monetary Fund and Morgan Stanley. He served on the President's Council of Economic Advisors under Bill Clinton. Montgomery has chaired the Irvington Citizens' Budget Committee and the school district’s Budget Task Force.
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