Top Stories 2012: New Faces Join Kat-Lewisboro School Board

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Marjorie Schiff, left, and Stephanie Tobin won seats on the Katonah-Lewisboro School Board in May.
Marjorie Schiff, left, and Stephanie Tobin won seats on the Katonah-Lewisboro School Board in May. Photo Credit: Bob Dumas

LEWISBORO, N.Y. – The Lewisboro Daily Voice is taking a look back on the town’s Top 10 stories of 2012.

Newcomers Marjorie Schiff and Stephanie Tobin were elected to the Katonah-Lewisboro Board of Education last May. 

Schiff, with 1,473 votes, and Tobin, with 963, were the top two vote-getters. Richard Delin finished third with 724 votes, while Mindy Yanish came in fourth with 564.

Tobin said she the voters connected with her platform of stronger academics.

"I am very happy, the community responded," she said. "I needed to be honest and direct and the community has supported my idea of strong academics."

Tobin and her husband have lived in Waccabuc for the past 14 years. They have four children, a son and daughter in John Jay High School, a daughter in John Jay Middle School and a daughter at Increase Miller Elementary.

Shiff and her husband have lived in Pound Ridge for seven years. They have a son in Meadow Pond Elementary and a daughter in nursery school.

Voters also approved the 2012-14 school budget by a vote of 1,393 to 849. 

"That tells us that the budget identifies your goals, and we are grateful," school board President Mark Lipton said on the night of the vote. "We are grateful and we will work hard to guarantee the education you voted for."

The $113 million spending package called for a 2.1 percent increase in the property tax levy rate. It eliminated 24 full-time jobs, including nine teaching positions. It was an increase of 1.8 percent from the previous year’s budget.

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