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Simpkins, Clausen, Pereira Elected To Peekskill School Board

Michael Simpkins Photo Credit: Art Cusano
Jillian Clausen Photo Credit: file photo

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- Final election results have confirmed projected winners in Peekskill's board of education race.

Incumbent trustee Michael Simpkins will serve another term, while newcomers Jillian Clausen and Maria Pereira will replace current trustees Tuesday McDonald and Lisbeth Bock, who did not seek re-election.

The final vote results are as follows:

Budget:

Yes: 371

No: 280

Board of Education Candidates:

Michael Simpkins: 391 (winner)

Jillian Clausen: 327 (winner)

Maria Pereira:  311 (winner)

Shannon Casiano: 270

Rolv Nicolaysen: 191

Adriana Ariza: 164

Simpkins said Tuesday night he planned to continue to fight for additional state funding and overhaul the district's programs.

"The district can't continue to survive with the decrease in state aid," Simpkins said. "And there are definitely some academic areas in our curriculum that I want to address, such as increasing the overall reading level, adding more AP elective courses and I definitely want to get funding the gifted programs and for kids that are struggling. There's a gap we have to bridge."

Pereira said she was very happy to be elected and looked forward to working with the board.

"I know there's a lot of work to be done but I'm looking forward to it, and I'm looking for the support of everyone and I hope to make everyone proud," Pereira said Wednesday.

Clausen said she was happy to be elected and thanked the community for supporting her.

"It is beyond humbling for me to have been elected by the community," Clausen said Wednesday. "I look forward to working hard on our school board and hearing from the parents, school staff, and community about their concerns. I hope to engage the community as a whole and get as many people involved in our schools as possible. I cant promise that we have smooth sailing ahead or that I won't make mistakes, but I will try my hardest for this community, my community."

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