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Letter to the Community from Jason Curran, Candidate for Bronxville School Board

April 26, 2023
To the members of the Bronxville community:
My name is Jason Curran, and I'm writing to announce my candidacy for the Board of Education.  My family moved to Bronxville in 2013, drawn principally by the quality of the school and the community's commitment to its continued excellence.  My wife, Amy, and I have two children who have attended Bronxville School since kindergarten--my daughter, Grayson, is in ninth grade, and my son, Ryan, is in seventh grade.  My children have benefitted greatly from the superb academics and the breadth and quality of the extracurricular offerings, having participated in the athletics, music and drama programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels.  In my view, the length and depth of my family's experience with the school has been the best preparation for my candidacy.
Furthermore, I have been an active member of the community, serving on the board of the Community Fund of Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe from 2018 to 2021, including two years as co-chair of TCF's Grant Evaluations Committee.  In that role, I was instrumental in the establishment and implementation of a COVID Relief Fund that disbursed nearly $250,000 to service organizations in lower Westchester serving the neediest.  I was frequently called upon to assess grant requests that directly or indirectly impacted the schools in Bronxville, Eastchester and Tuckahoe.  The experience afforded me unique insight into our community.  I also developed skills that are essential for service on high-functioning boards: the ability to work collaboratively and build consensus with people who have different points-of-view. 
The Bronxville School is undeniably excellent, and maintaining and building on that standard is our community's shared responsibility. It depends largely on the community's unwavering support of the school through the various channels that differentiate it from other public schools—the PTA, the Bronxville School Foundation and the Bronxville Promise to name just a few. It also requires a willingness to critically assess every aspect of the school, to identify areas in need of improvement and to move swiftly to address them.   Most importantly, it demands the community's commitment to consistently put the interests of students and faculty first.
If I am fortunate enough to be elected, here is what you should expect of me as a Board member:
  1. I will listen and take the time to fully understand the issues that come before the Board
  2. I will do my best to lower the temperature around the most contentious issues that come before the Board
  3. I will be judicious and always put the interests of students and faculty at the center of the Board's business
I hope to have the opportunity to connect with as many of you as possible in the coming weeks. I am interested in hearing your thoughts, and I am looking forward to continuing our school's tradition of excellence.  Please consider supporting my campaign and voting for me on May 16th
Thank you.
Jason Curran
(917) 756-6079

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Bronxville Overview

Bronxville is a quaint village (one square mile) located just 16 miles north of midtown Manhattan (roughly 30 minutes on the train) and has a population of approximately 6,500. It is known as a premier community with an excellent public school (K-12) and easy access to Manhattan. Bronxville offers many amenities including an attractive business district, a hospital (Lawrence Hospital), public paddle and tennis courts, fine dining at local restaurants, two private country clubs and a community library.

While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

Bronxville offers many charming neighborhoods as well as a variety of living options for residents including single family homes, town houses, cooperatives and condominiums. One of the chief benefits of living in “the village” is that your children can attend the Bronxville School.

The Bronxville postal zone (10708, known as “Bronxville PO”) includes the village of Bronxville as well as the Chester Heights section of Eastchester, parts of Tuckahoe and the Lawrence Park West, Cedar Knolls, Armour Villa and Longvale sections of Yonkers. Many of these areas have their own distinct character. For instance, the Armour Villa section has many historic homes and even has its own newsletter called “The Villa Voice” which reports on neighborhood news.

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