Meet the School Board Members

  • The Board of Education consists of five members of the community; each elected to a three-year term of office. They are elected by city residents to carry out functions mandated by the State Constitution, Legislature and State Education Department; and are responsible for establishing school district philosophy, policy and goals. 


      Watson            Debra Long          Leffert

      Dr. Felicia Watson                                                          Debra Long                                  Michelle Martinez-Leffert          Term Expires 2021                                                    Term Expires 2023                              Term Expires 2021                       Board Member                                                          Board Member                                   Board Member


         Dr. Andrew Rieser            Tom O'Neill              Erick Vasquz-Maldonado                              

          Dr. Andrew Rieser                                          Thomas O'Neill, Esq.                             Erick Vasquez-Maldonado                   Term Expires 2022                                            Term Expires 2023                              Term Expires 2021                                   Board Member                                                Board Member                                   Student Board Liaison


      Becky Torres

                                                                                               Becky Torres                                                                                                                                                                                  District Clerk


School Election and Budget Vote Results

  • Residents of City of Poughkeepsie Vote to Approve the 2021-2022 School Budget

    On Tuesday, May 18, 2021,  the residents of the City of Poughkeepsie voted to approve the District's $108,190,818 proposed budget for the 2020-2021 school year and the 2021 Capital Reserve Fund.

    Budget Vote: There were 324 "Yes" votes and 130 "No" votes

    2021 Capital Reserve Fund: There were 329 "Yes" votes and 121 "No" votes.

    Voters also chose to re-elect Dr. Felicia Watson and elect Ms. Carmen "Fatimah" Martinez Santiago to fill two available seats to a three-year term on the Board of Education. The term begins on July 1, 2021.

    Congratulations to Dr. Felicia Watson and Ms. Carmen "Fatimah" Martinez Santiago on their election to the Board of Education.

    To view the Board of Education's official election results for the two (2) open seats, click on the title.

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Contacting Board Members

    • By Mail:
      Board of Education
      18 S Perry St.
      Poughkeepsie, NY 12601      
    • In-Person:
      At regular meetings of the Board, during Citizens’ Comments at the beginnings and endings of the meetings. All comments are limited to three (3) minutes per speaker and the initial comment period is limited to 30 minutes total. 
    • By Phone or Email:
      Ms. Becky Torres, District Clerk
      (845) 451-4900 ext. 4973 / Email: District Clerk Email 
    • By Fax: