RYE BROOK, N.Y. -- Board of Education member Steven Kaplan announced at Mondays board meeting that he will not be running for a third term on the board after his current term ends later this year.
Kaplan, a CPA in White Plains, has served on the board for six years and has previously served as the board's president. He cited time constraints as the primary reason for his decision.
"I express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to my family," Kaplan said. "They have sacrificed much for me and the community, and I love them very much."
Kaplan was met with praise from his fellow board members.
"This is a great loss to the board and to the community," board member Nancy Barr said. "I certainly understand wanting to spend more time with your family and needing to spend more time on business matters, but to me you represent the epitome of board membership and I'm glad I got to serve with three years with you."
Blind Brook Superintendent William Stark reflected on Kaplan's service as board president.
"The relationship a superintendent has with the board president is a very interesting one," Stark said. "My experience working with you has been a very positive one. During that time I was always certain that you always had the best interest of the kids of this district at heart."
Current Board President Sheri Zarkower remembered the first board meeting she attended and how Kaplan's sole "no" vote left an indelible imprint in her.
"If there is anything that defines you it is looking out for the best interest of the children," Zarkower said.
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