Trustee Terry Williams, Sonja Brown and Eric Bitterman were elected to the Greenburgh Board of Education, unseating two popular incumbents, according to unofficial vote totals.
Trustee Cora Carey, who was seeking her third term, lost by one vote to Brown, according to the results. Trustee Charles Bronz, first elected to the board in 1980, also lost his bid for another term.
Abe Abdallah voted for Brown, Bitterman and Susan Penchansky, a former trustee who ran unsuccessfully.
“We need fresh blood,” Abdallah said.
Ten candidates were running for a seat on the school board, the largest slate in the region, signaling growing dissatisfaction with district leadership.
The challengers – Amy Huang, Jacqueline Hoeger, Min Hong and Milena Din are the others – were not critical of the current board but promised more parental involvement, a stronger curriculum and reviews of district spending.
Trustees were mindful of their budget defeat last year and spent months making cuts to stay within the tax cap.
Opposition to the budget and incumbents didn’t seem particularly strong this year; board meetings and special budget meetings were sparsely attended.
However someresidents have criticized spending choices and the district’s priorities, including newly appointed Superintendent Ronald Ross’ recent decision to spend $45,000 to hire an advanced mathematics tutor.