Board of Education

NOTICE OF SPECIAL BOARD OF EDUCATION EXECUTIVE SESSION MEETING

The Board of Education will hold a Special Executive Session on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 5:30 pm in the High School Cafeteria for the purpose of discussing collective negotiations pursuant to Civil Service Law Article 14 and matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, dismissal or removal of any particular person or corporation;

There may be the potential for the Board to take action after the Executive Session has concluded.

Introducing our New Paperless Board Agenda/Meeting Program: BoardDocs

TO ACCESS ALL BOARD AGENDAS, MINUTES OR VIDEOS FROM ANY MEETING, STARTING WITH THE JANUARY 9, 2018 MEETING, PLEASE FOLLOW THE STEPS BELOW:

  1. Click on the link: http://www.boarddocs.com/ny/pjcsd/Board.nsf/Public
  2. Click on the "Featured" Meeting. If wishing to access prior meeting(s), click the "+" sign next to the current year. Click on the meeting you wish to view.
  3. Choose your option: View Agenda, View Minutes or View Video.

Mission Statement

The Port Jervis City School District, in partnership with our community, has an uncompromising commitment to measurably improve student achievement and prepare students to be productive and responsible life-long learners, ready to meet the challenges of citizenship in our ever-changing global society.

About the Board

The Port Jervis Board of Education is comprised of nine unsalaried local citizens who serve three-year terms. Members are elected by the voters in our district to establish policy and direct the administration of our schools. As your representatives, the Board exercises the community's rights to citizen control over public education.

2020-2021 Board of Education Members

Deborah Lasch

Board Member and President, PJHS Class of '77

Florence Santini

Board Member and Vice President

Judith Amato

Board Member, PJHS Class of '81

Brian Dewey

Board Member

Reyes Torres

Board Member

Linda VanHorn

Board Member, PJHS Class of '64

William Onofry

Board Member

Board Elected Terms

The Port Jervis Board of Education is comprised of nine unsalaried local citizens who serve three-year terms. Members are elected by the voters in our district to establish policy and direct the administration of our schools.

Term Expires 2021

  • Debbie Lasch
  • Reyes Torres
  • Linda Van Horn

Board Clerk

Kristen Lopez

Confidential Secretary

Board Candidate Petitions Available March 1st, 2021

Board Candidate Petitions for the upcoming May 18, 2021 Annual Budget Vote & Election will be available March 1, 2021 from the District Clerk's Office at 9 Thompson Street, Port Jervis, NY.  All Candidate petitions must be returned to the District Clerk no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 to be named on the election ballot.

Absentee Ballot Applications Are Now Available

Meet the Candidates Night

Thursday, May 6, 2021
6:30 PM

About this Event: Meet the Candidates Night is an event sponsored and moderated by the district’s combined PTAs. It is an opportunity for the public to “get to know” the candidates who are running for this year’s open Board of Education seats.  Each candidate will be allotted time to introduce themselves and state their platforms, followed by a question and answer session.  

This year, due to Covid constraints, this event will be live streamed to the public through a link on our website.

If you would like to pose a question to the candidates during the Question & Answer session, please send an email to MSPTA@pjschools.org.  In the subject line, please reference “Meet the Candidates Question”. All questions must be submitted by Monday, May 3, 2021.

Board Meetings

All Board meetings are open to  the public. Port Jervis residents are encouraged to attend the regular meetings, which are generally held twice monthly on Tuesday evenings in the high school cafeteria. Meetings start at 7:00 p.m., immediately after a 6:30 p.m. executive session.

Meeting Agendas, Minutes, & Videos

The 2020-2021 Board meeting schedule is listed below. Agendas are added to the online schedule the Friday prior to the regularly-scheduled meetings.

In accordance with the NYS Open Meetings Law, documents scheduled to be discussed at a Board meeting, such as proposed resolutions and policies, are available to the public. The documents are linked to the online agenda. Printed copies of the agenda are also available at the Board meetings. Minutes are posted within two weeks of the Board meeting.