• The Hendrick Hudson School District Board of Education

    Responsibilities of the Board of Education

    The Board of Education is responsible for the quality of education in the district. It is the policy making body for the school district. As elected officials they:

    • Select the Superintendent of Schools as Chief Executive Officer of the District.
    • Set goals to achieve the desired educational outcomes.
    • Appoint professional and non-certificated personnel and set salaries.
    • Establish policies for the operation of the school district.
    • Develop a budget consistent with educational needs and community resources.
    • Communicate the progress and needs of the district to the community, educational governing boards, and legislators.

    To learn more about the roles and responsibilities of school board members, click on the following link from the NYS School Boards Association: 


    The Board of Education

    The Board is composed of seven members, elected by residents of the district. Members serve three-year terms of office without compensation. Board members are your elected representatives; they invite you to make your concerns known to them. The current members of the Board of Education are as follows:

    • Alexis Bernard, President
    • Alixandra Philbin, Vice President
    • Jennifer Bakker
    • Jeremy Basso
    • Stephanie Hickey
    • Erica Mills
    • Cory Notrica

    District Administration

    The Superintendent of Schools, the Assistant Superintendent for Business and the Executive Directors are present at Board Meetings. The Superintendent is the District’s Chief Executive Officer. The Superintendent is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the school district, implementation of the educational programs and policies adopted by the Board and the execution of all decisions made by the Board concerning the internal operations of the school system.

    • Dr. Dennis Lauro, Acting Superintendent of Schools
    • Enrique Catalan, Assistant Superintendent for Business
    • Dr. Margaret Ruller, Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction
    • Lisa Schuchman, Executive Director of Pupil Personnel Services


    2021-22 Hendrick Hudson School District Board of Education Goals

    Princeton Plan Implementation:

    In preparation for the new grade level configuration at our three elementary schools (2022-2023 school year), the district will develop a communication plan specific to the Princeton Plan transition, provide targeted professional development for elementary school staff, provide transition activities for students and staff, and host a series of parent informational meetings. Monthly progress presentations will take place at Board of Education meetings during the 2021-2022 school year.

    Strategic Plan:

    By November 1, 2021 the district will establish various Strategic Planning Committees consisting of parents, community members, staff, administration, and Board members. The Strategic Planning Committee is charged with presenting a Draft Comprehensive Strategic Plan to the Board by March 15, 2022. The Board-approved Strategic Plan will be formally introduced to the community at a Board of Education meeting no later than May 1, 2022. This will include a roadmap that details the timeline, methodology, decision makers, and expected outcomes.

    Financial Planning:

    During the 2021-2022 school year the district will develop a 10-year Financial Plan that will include short/long-term goals, active participation in advocacy initiatives on behalf of the district, facilities management, and a financial communication plan with the community. The Board will schedule Financial Planning presentations at their meetings during the 2021-2022 school year.