There are five candidates running for the Glen Cove Board of Education. The candidates are vying for three open seats as trustees on the board and include incumbent Gail Nedbor-Gross, Steve Dorcely, Amy Franklin, Kate Glinert and Maria Venuto. The election will be held on Tuesday, May 19, at various polling places throughout Glen Cove.
Steve Dorcely is principal of the Urban Action Academy high school and has lived in Glen Cove for seven years. He has three children, two of whom are school age: one attends Connolly School and one attends Gribbin Elementary. He holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a master’s degree in education and leadership from Bank Street College, Principal’s Institute. He said he moved to Glen Cove because of its reputation of being a melting pot that offers a solid education that begins at the elementary level.
“I am running for the board because I believe in those very strong values…having the opportunity to be a member of the board is something I take very seriously,” he said. “I believe I can bring a spirit of collaboration, trust, supportive fiscally sound judgment while holding myself accountable.”
Amy Franklin currently works in the City of Glen Cove’s controller’s office as the senior account clerk and also served as the school district’s treasurer from 2010-14. She was the bookkeeper for the Glen Cove Youth Bureau from 2005-14 and vice president/owner of Sunrise Oil Company from 1990 to 2005. She earned a bachelor’s degree in geology/economics from Colgate University in 1985 and an MBA in banking/finance in 1990 from Hofstra University. She has lived in Glen Cove for 22 years and has one child currently attending Glen Cove High School, while her other two have completed school. Other community activities include current treasurer of HSPTSA and MPAPA, past treasurer of the PTA Council, Deasy, Landing and middle school, a volunteer for Glen Cove junior soccer and DECA regional judge.
“I’m passionate about our schools and am upset that our school district does not have the positive reputation that we deserve. As a career finance person, I have the qualifications to be fiscally responsible to the taxpayers,” said Franklin.
Kate Glinert is a practicing attorney in Glen Cove and New York City. She has lived in Glen Cove for three and a half years and has two children, ages 7 and 5, in the Glen Cove Public Schools. In addition to helping clients in the neighborhood with their various legal and business issues, she is involved in the Glen Cove Schools as a PTA member and also as part of the Coalition for Glen Cove.
“Through this involvement, I have come to understand a number of issues, strengths and weakness of the district and have been educating myself and working to address some of these problems through the Board of Education and otherwise,” said Glinert. “My motivation in running for the board of education is simply to better represent the children and general public of Glen Cove, so that there is a time when they believe that the Board of Education is their main advocate who consistently fights to improve our schools and the education of all of our children.”
Gail Nedbor-Gross has lived in Glen Cove for 30 years and has been a member of the Glen Cove Board of Education for seven years. Two of those years she served as the board’s vice president.
She received a bachelor’s degree in management engineering from WPI in Worcester, MA in 1977 and an MBA in industrial marketing from Baruch College in 1987. She has worked for Rapid Access Communication Enterprises for the past 13 years as director of financial operations. She is a former president and treasurer for the Glen Cove High School, middle school, Connolly and Gribbin School PTAs and former treasurer of the GCHS Booster Club and MPAPA. Nedbor-Gross is also active in the community, and her two children are GCHS graduates.
“As a member of the board for seven consecutive years, I have gone through the fiscal oversight training…I would very much like to continue serving the board,” said Nedbor-Gross. “My experience will benefit the process of overseeing the district as we move into the future in these changing economic times.”
Maria Venuto has lived in Glen Cove for 15 years and has two children currently attending Deasy and Landing elementary schools. She holds a bachelor’s degree in media studies and American studies from SUNY at Buffalo and earned a master’s in media studies from the same school in 1990.
She has served as the executive director of a nonprofit arts organization for 20 years, in charge of creating budgets, cutting unnecessary overhead, grant writing, developing new streams of income to support new technology and social media. She currently serves on the district’s curriculum committee and has served on the wellness committee and the fine arts committee. She is the PTA co-president for Deasy Elementary School and the PTA Cultural Arts Chair at Landing.
“I decided to run because I felt like elementary-level parents need a seat at the table,” Venuto said.