Each school has a site-based team made up of elected representatives whose overall goal is to improve student achievement. School councils are responsible for planing and making decisions on issues such as staffing, scheduling, school climate and school budget allocations. Elementary school councils and the middle school council consist of three parents, the principal, three faculty members and one civil service employee or teaching assistant. The high school council includes an additional community/parent member, two additional faculty members and two students.

Each stakeholder group elects their own members. The PTA is responsible for parent elections. A plan governing the school councils was developed by a committee of representatives from the school district and community in 1993 in accordance with the New York State A New Compact for Learning. The first work of the planning committee was the development of a vision statement that captured the aspirations of the educational community and set the course for the future direction of the Pelham Public Schools.


2014-15 Members

Colonial School

Elaine Chang, parent,

Luba Chernov Sherbansky, parent,

Laura Hendrie, teacher,

JoAnn Hintzen, teacher,

Eleni Liapis, teacher,

Judy Shampianer-Bowen,

Tonya Wilson, principal,


Hutchinson School

Christa Acampora, parent,

Christina Altero, teacher,

Annemarie Garcia, parent,

Nicole Hatter, teacher,

Angela Persaud, teacher,

Shaba Simmons, parent,

Jeri Strauss, CSEA rep,

Carla Tarazi, principal,



Prospect Hill School

Karen Cirillo, teacher,

Richard Limato, principal,

April Monaco, parent,

Verdeline Seales, CSEA rep,

Steve Shekane, parent,

Devon Fallon St. John, teacher,

Erica Youngren, parent,

Catherine Zweig, teacher,


Siwanoy School

Jen Denet, teacher,

Suzanne Diano, teacher

Kara Galiani, teacher,

Donna Gammon, parent,

Susan  Gilbert, principal,

Yasmin Gorski, parent,   

Michele O'Neil, teacher,

Becky Ross, parent,



Pelham Middle School

Clay Bushong, parent,

Lisa Cornacchia, guidance counselor,

Nora Debartolo, CSEA rep,

Wendy DeVito, teacher,

Erika Kalyvas, parent,

Suzann Michaeloff, parent,

Kathryn Pettus, teacher,

Robert Roelle, principal,

Lynn Sabia, assistant principal,

Teacher, TBA


Pelham Memorial High School

Henry Brown, student,

Brenna Chen, student,

Jeannine Clark, principal,

Jeannette Connolly, teacher,

Mariana Cordero, teacher,

Angela  DeLillo, parent,

Carla Matus, guidance counselor,

Aileen Memoli, teacher,

Claire Persanis, parent,

Julie Roche, parent,

Kelly Ulto, parent,