ELMSFORD, N.Y. -- After nine years as a member of the Elmsford Union Free School District Board of Education, three of them as president, Matthew R.C. Evans announced that he was stepping down from his role as president.
“When I joined the Board, my intention was to give the children of this community the things that I didn’t have,” said Evans, an Elmsford resident, who is also a by-product of the school system.
Evans, who was elected to the board when he was 19, outlined the many successful initiatives achieved during his board tenure. They include an increased graduation rate at the high school and several collaborations with outside organizations that have proved to be fortuitous for the Elmsford Schools.
“We have given this district a seat at the table,” he added, referring to the Elmsford UFSD increasing participation in policy and implementation issues throughout the state," he said. "“This wasn’t about me, though. It was about all of us working together.”
Mayor Robert Williams, who has a daughter in the ninth grade at Alexander Hamilton Jr./Sr. High School, praised Evans’ capabilities.
“As a board member, he brought in the right people that we needed to give the best education to our students,” he said.
Superintendent Dr. Joseph Ricca also spoke about Evans’ positive contribution to the board.
“Matthew Evans’ fingerprints have been all over the innovation that has taken place in the school district over the past decade,” he said. “We thank you for your leadership, courage and determination and for always being willing to push forward for our children.”
Williams also presented a special proclamation announcing that June 1 would, going forward, be known in the village as “Matthew R.C. Evans Day.”