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Tarrytown, Irvington School Boards Elect Officers

IRVINGTON, N.Y. – Newly elected Irvington school board President Robert Grados said he was excited about the new board he will lead.

“I think we have five people with different backgrounds and different ideas but one common goal, which is the betterment of our school district and providing the best education that we can to our children,” Grados said.

The Boards of Education of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns and the Irvington Union Free Schood District held their annual organizational meetings Tuesday night, swearing in newly elected board members and electing new presidents and vice presidents.

Tarrytown school board members re-elected B. Joseph Lillis as president and Mimi Godwin as vice president.

Irvington school board members elected Grados as president and Phil Whitney as vice president. They replaced ousted School Board President John Dawson and Vice President Robyne Camp. Dawson and Camp were defeated in recent elections by former Parent-Teacher Association Executive Board member Maria Kashkin and former school board President Robyn Kerner.

Two incumbents were sworn in for another term in Tarrytown: Godwin and Craig Laub. A third, Lillis, could not attend and will be sworn in at a later date.

Godwin thanked the board after she was re-elected vice president. “I really appreciate that and will do the best I can,” she said.

Tuesday's meeting was also a first for Kristopher Harrison, the new superintendent in Irvington, who said it was a thrill to be leading the school district.

“It is a true, true pleasure to be a part of your community and your school district, and I look forward to working with everyone,” he said. “Know that there are great things in store for your children and your community.”

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