Board of Education

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.

2022-2023 Board of Education Members

William Onofry

Board Member and President, PJHS Class of '71, Term Expires 2023

Kara Raap

Board Member and Vice President, PJHS Class of '95, Term Expires 2024

Annie Foster

Board Member, PJHS Class of '73, Term Expires 2025

Florence Santini

Board Member, Term Expires 2023

Jason Kahmar

Board Member, PJHS Class of '94, Term Expires 2024

Judith Amato

Board Member, PJHS Class of '81, Term Expires 2023

Mike Hockenberry

Board Member, PJHS Class of '85, Term Expires 2025

Nancy Dunn

Interim Board Member, Term Expires 2023

William Harris

Board Member, Term Expires 2025

Board Clerk

Kristen Lopez

Confidential Secretary

Board of Education Responsibilities

The Board of Education is made up of nine unsalaried citizens elected to serve three-year terms. The board’s powers and duties are derived from the New York State Constitution, the laws of New York State and the rulings of the New York State Commissioner of Education. The Board of Education’s main areas of responsibility are:

  • Establish district policies
  • Develop an annual budget for public approval
  • Vote on the Superintendent’s recommendations on personnel matters and contracts
  • Review courses of study and textbooks
  • Act as a communication link between residents and the District

No person or group of people acts in the name of the board. All motions require a majority vote before the Board can act. A Board Member is in an official capacity only during an official Board meeting. The Board employs a Superintendent who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the district and administration of Board policies. We are very appreciative of the members of the community who volunteer their time to serve in this capacity.

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

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.

Board Policy Manual

All policies adopted by the Board of Education are available online. The Board Policy Committee meets throughout the school year to review, revise, and adopt district policies and regulations, as needed. The Online Policy Manual is updated whenever a new or revised policy is approved by the Board.

2022-2023 Board Meeting Schedule

The 2022-2023 Board meeting schedule is listed below. Agendas are added to the online schedule the Friday prior to the regularly-scheduled meetings.

Public Comment

There is a portion of time at each meeting when the Board welcomes public comment from our learning community, however, you must sign up to announce your desire to address the Board with the Board Clerk when you arrive at the meeting. Please see the following document for the parameters of acceptable Rules for Public Comment.