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Meet the 2024 BOE Candidates

At 8 a.m. on April 23, the Washingtonville Central School District drew names to determine the order of this year's Washingtonville Board of Education candidates on the May 21, 2024 ballot. 

The ballot order is as follows:

Danielle L. Trippodo
Brandon J. King
Kevin Hanratty
Brian T. Strommer
Sharon Williams

Two candidates will be elected.

Meet the Candidates Night is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 7 p.m. at Round Hill Elementary. The event is sponsored by the Round Hill PTA. If you would like the candidates to answer a question, you may submit questions to the District Clerk by 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 7. The district will then select questions for the candidates based on the responses. Due to time constraints, not all questions will be answered.

If you would like to join virtually, the event will be live streamed here.

BOE Candidate Sharon Williams

I have been a resident in the Washingtonville school district for 17.5 years.

I currently have one child graduating in 2024 and another in 10th grade.

I am currently employed as the Director of the Ulster County Office of Employment and Training and Workforce Development Board.  I manage a team that assists residents with career development needs, provide financial support to residents interested in taking occupational training and assist local businesses with hiring/recruitment/training needs.

Attended the United Nations International School for High School.  I have a BS in Education from Pace University, a MS in Non-profit Management from The New School University and a JD from Brooklyn Law School.

I’ve served on the WCSD Board of Education for 6 years.  I am currently serving as the President of the Board.

I was Appointed to the South Blooming Grove Zoning Board of Appeal from 2017-2018.

WCSD school district volunteer groups that I am active in (PTA, arts booster, sports boosters, district, or school committees, etc.):  WHS PTO, WCSD Audit Committee, WCSD Facilities Committee

Community activities or volunteer groups in which I am involved in (rec. sports, Scouts, church groups, civic/political organizations, etc.):  Boy Scouts Troop 16, Girl Scouts Troop 317

I wish to be a member of the Board of Education because I am deeply committed to ensuring that every student receives a high-quality public school education. As a board member, I believe I can contribute my passion for education and my background in youth development and community engagement to advocate for policies that support student success, foster inclusive learning environments, and promote educational equity. I am dedicated to working collaboratively with educators, parents, and community stakeholders to make informed decisions that positively impact our schools and empower our students to thrive academically and personally. I am excited about the opportunity to continue to serve and contribute to the future of education in our community.

The biggest challenges currently facing Washingtonville schools, in my view, are ensuring equitable access to resources and opportunities for all students and the mental health of our students. Educational equity encompasses various factors, including access to technology, quality teaching, extracurricular activities, and support services.  By focusing on equity, we can work towards closing achievement gaps and ensuring that every student has the tools and support needed to succeed.

The mental well-being of our young people significantly impacts their academic performance, social interactions, and overall quality of life. We must prioritize mental health support and resources within our schools to ensure that students have the necessary tools and assistance to cope with stress, anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges.

By proactively addressing mental health, we can create a supportive and nurturing environment that fosters emotional resilience and academic success. This requires collaboration among educators, counselors, families, and mental health professionals to implement effective programs, provide early intervention, and reduce stigma surrounding mental health issues.

These challenges require a comprehensive approach to finding solutions that involves collaboration with stakeholders, strategic allocation of resources, and continuous evaluation of policies and practices to promote student experiences, community connections and academic excellence.

During the three-year term, I would like to focus on and develop plans to:

  • advocate for student voice in decision-making;
  • prepare for future challenges/opportunities from external factors;
  • promote educational equity;
  • ensure continued fiscal responsibility; and
  • support safety, mental health and wellness for staff and students.  

BOE Candidate Kevin Hanratty

I have been a resident in the Washingtonville school district for 3 years.

My wife, Janine Hanratty is a Teaching Assistant who currently works in the school district.

I serve as Senior Director of Human Resources and Risk Assessment for Seton Education Partners. My duties include but are not limited to, the creation and implementation of all policies and procedures for administrative and school based staff.

I graduated from Cardinal Spellman in the Bronx. After graduating, I attended and graduated from Iona University where I obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice. In September of 2024, I will have completed my studies and will be awarded my Masters of Science in Human Resources from Columbia Southern University. After completion of my Masters, l will be enrolling in Law School.

WCSD school district volunteer groups that I am active in (PTA, arts booster, sports boosters, district, or school committees, etc.):  I am currently a member of Taft Elementary’s PTA.

I wish to be a member of the Board of Education because I love this community. My children attend the schools in the district and my wife works for the district. I know this is already a wonderful school district but there is always room for improvement. I want to assist in the continued growth of the Washingtonville School District and take a more active role in this community. 

The biggest challenge that faces the WCSD is finding teachers and teachers assistants in the post-COVID-19 landscape.

Assuming I win the election and the capital project is approved, I would want to accomplish the following during my three year term:

1-Ensure an atmosphere where parents feel and are recognized as the first educators of their children

2-Address staffing concerns for the WCSD ensuring staff are in place to guarantee students are set up for success

3-Support increase in extracurricular activities to provide students with additional after school options to continue engagement and support of their overall education.

BOE Candidate Danielle L. Trippodo

I have been a resident in the Washingtonville school district for 3.5 years.

I have a son in 3rd grade in the Washingtonville Central School District.

I am the High School Principal at a comprehensive public high school in Westchester for grades 9-12.

I am a graduate of Kingston High School. SUNY New Paltz: Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Biology. Master’s Degree in Educational Studies: Humanistic and Multicultural Education Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership.

Certifications: NYS Teaching Certification grades PreK-6, Biology grades 7-12 NYS Scholastic Coaching Certification NYS Professional Building Leader Certification and District Leader Certification In the field of Education for over 20 years. I began coaching scholastic athletics in 1998 and began teaching in 2001 after graduating from SUNY New Paltz. I have taught elementary and middle school levels. I have also taught High School Science for 10 years to include: Regents Science Courses such as Earth Science and Biology. I have also been part of an Integrated Co-teaching team in those courses and taught honors level and elective Science courses. I have served 10 years as an administrator, and currently in my 5th year as the high school Principal at Ardsley High School.

Community activities or volunteer groups in which I am involved in (rec. sports, Scouts, church groups, civic/political organizations, etc.):   Washingtonville Youth Football and Cheer Coach for the past 2 years. I have coached children ages 5-9 years of age.

I wish to be a member of the Board of Education because Serving on the WCSD Board of Education will allow me to impact education policies, curricular goals, fiscal responsibility, and the overall educational experience of students in Washingtonville. Ultimately, it is a chance to advocate for students, teachers, staff, and parents/guardians, shaping the future of education and ensuring that every child receives a quality education. Washingtonville is a community which values family, education, and most importantly in our children. Being elected to the Board of Education will allow me to serve this community of which I am proud to be a member

The biggest challenge for Washingtonville and schools throughout New York is balancing innovative student experiences and fiscal responsibility.

Assuming I win the election and the capital project is approved, I would support the district’s strategic plan by supporting policies to help our students gain the skills needed to succeed beyond our classrooms and enhancing the facilities to create a safe environment, conducive to learning for all students.

BOE Candidate Brian T. Strommer

Brian T. Strommer was born and raised in South Blooming Grove, attending the Washingtonville, NY Central School for his entire Elementary, Middle High School and High Education.  Upon graduation from Washingtonville, Brian attended SUNY Farmingdale.  Brian entered the US Navy where he spent 22 years on active duty, fourteen of which were assigned aboard ships throughout the country making 7 deployments on six different ships in support of numerous operations and campaigns.  He retired from the US Navy with over 40 Medals, Commendations and Awards, to include wartime campaigns as a Command Master Chief and returned to his home town of Washingtonville, NY after 22 years of service. 

Brian began a new career with the FBI as the Administrator, retiring in 2018. He has extensive background in Intelligence, Financial Management, Human Resources, Records Management, Evidence Collect and Custody, Vehicle Fleet management, among other investigative matters.  He managed a budget of over 35 million dollars annually and managed a workforce of over 500 personnel from Senior Managers to line employees.

Brian retired from the FBI and pursued a career with the National Safety Council as victim advocate representing New York State, speaking to primarily high school students on the dangers of drugs and alcohol and operating a motor vehicle. On Labor Day Weekend 2010, Brian’s son, Brian Strommer, II was tragically killed in a high speed, single car crash resulting in vehicular manslaughter conviction of the driver where both THC and alcohol were present in his bloodstream. The driver was his best friend.

Brian is extremely active in the community.  Particularly with high school age students.  He volunteers hundreds of hours visiting every high school in Orange County, NY to tell young driver’s the story of his son’s death.  He has told this story hundreds of times, to include Washingtonville High School on over two dozen occasions. He has presented to every senior in Washingtonville since 2013. A memorial fund in Brian’s name, the “Brian Strommer II Memorial Fund” was established in 2013.

After the COVID outbreak in 2020, Brian was unable to make presentations to large groups and returned to the Federal Government.  He worked for the Veterans Administration and Army Corps of Engineers until 2022. He has been the Director of Human Resources since July 2022 for the US Mint, Department of Treasury.

In addition to his 39 years of Federal Service, Brian served as the President of the Board of Directors for Blooming Grove Pre-K S the Veterans of Foreign Wars (2004) since 2004 and a member of Division 4’s Chapter of the Ancient Order of Hibernians since 2002 and the American Disabled Veterans since 2010.  Brian and Sharon, along with all four of their children graduated from Washingtonville High School.  

BOE Candidate Brandon J. King

My name is Brandon King and I’ve been a resident of the Washingtonville Central School District (WCSD) for about 30 years.  I’ve recently decided to run for an open position on the WCSD board due to a vacancy this year.

I’m a father of four children, two of which are currently students of the WCSD. 

I am currently a Patrol Sergeant for a Municipal Police Department located in Rockland County, New York.  I’m also a Child Passenger Safety Instructor (car seats), Police Instructor and CPR/First Aid Instructor. 

I grew up in the Town of Blooming Gove and have been a student of the WCSD all my life, graduating the Washingtonville High School in June of 2001.  While in school I was involved in various groups and sports.  These activities and sports included the Army JROTC, wrestling, football, and a weather group.

 I believe the most important organization that I was a part of was the Army Junior Reserved Officer Training Corp (JROTC).  While in this program I learned valuable leadership skills that I still use today. 

While in High School I began volunteering with the Washingtonville Fire Department in 1998 and then the Blooming Gove Ambulance Corp.  I am currently an exempt member of the Washingtonville Fire Department.  I also volunteer with other organizations, such as, the Blooming Grove Humane Society and assist transporting pets, mainly dogs and cats, from high kill shelters to rescues in the Northeast.

After graduating from high school, I attended college at Rockland Community College (RCC) and began working for the Village of Washingtonville Police Department as a Police Dispatcher.  I graduated in August 2003.

In January of 2005 I began my career as a Police Officer after being hired by the New York City Police Department (NYPD).   

While working as a Police Officer I decided to go back to school and eventually graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in August 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

I am currently an active member of the Taft and Round Hill’s Parent Teacher Associations. 

The reason for wanting to become a member of the WCSD board is because I am passionate about education, especially with issues involving the WCSD.  Without my education I wouldn’t be where I am today.  I have had the privilege of having some amazing teachers while I was a student in the WCSD.  I was involved in many great organizations and sports throughout my years in the district. 

Now that I have children attending the WCSD, I would like them, and all the students, to have better opportunities that will help them succeed in life.

The biggest challenge that faces the WCSD is its finances, especially in this inflationary environment.  After reviewing the current budget proposal and capital project, it appears that the schools in the district have been neglected and need improvement.  While I’m sure asking for an increase in the budget is mostly justified, the board always needs to keep in mind that some taxpayers in the district are also going through difficult times and work hard.  The most important thing as a board member for me is to be transparent with the constituents of the school district and make the best decision for the residences, students, teachers, and staff members of the WCSD.

Assuming I am elected and that the capital project is approved, one of my goals would be to oversee this project.  My focus during the three-year term will be to be transparent with all my decisions. I would like to have the community more involved and hope to do this by listening to everyone within the School District on educational issues that arise during my time as a board member.  

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