By Bronxville Committee for the Non-Partisan Nomination and Election of School Trustees
Apr. 11, 2018: The Bronxville Committee for the Non-Partisan Nomination and Election of School Trustees ("NPC") is pleased to announce the endorsement of two nominees for Bronxville school trustee and will host a "candidate meet-and-greet" reception on Tuesday, April 24, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Bronxville Field Club.
All Bronxville residents are welcome and urged to attend this informal gathering at which the two nominees, Jonathan Atkeson and Thomas Evans, will be available to answer questions from the community.
These two candidates have been nominated by the NPC to be placed on the ballot to run for the two open trustee positions on the Bronxville Board of Education. The NPC is very pleased about the nominees and the qualities they bring to the school board and hopes that community members will take advantage of this opportunity to meet them.
The annual school budget vote and school board trustee election will be held on Tuesday, May 15, 2018.
Below are biographies of the two nominees, listed in alphabetical order.
Jon Atkeson has served on the Bronxville Board of Education for the past three years, most recently as vice president. Jon has been instrumental in many of the board's accomplishments over the course of his term, including the selection of a new superintendent, the proposal and approval of the bond referendum, and a new three-year teachers' contract, to name a few.
He currently works at Fortress Investment Group, LLC. Over the last eighteen years of his professional career, Jon has worked as a private equity investor and has served on a number of boards or acted in a board level capacity, overseeing daily management activities for both public and private companies.
Jon has been actively involved with a number of public charter schools in both Connecticut and New York for nearly two decades. In 1999, he worked together with a small group of New Haven residents to open a new public charter school called Amistad Academy, where Jon served as a board member for a number of years. Jon currently serves as the treasurer of the board overseeing the Brooklyn network of Achievement First charter schools. Jon has been actively involved in his sons' sports teams. He has participated in a variety of roles in the Bronxville Youth Lacrosse Association, as manager and coach.
He and his wife, Amy, have four kids in The Bronxville School, ranging from 3rd through 9th grades.
A Bronxville resident since 2006, Tom Evans has built and led a number of technology companies, including Bankrate Inc., Official Payments Corp, and GeoCities Inc, which was later acquired by Yahoo! Prior to this, Tom was president and publisher of U.S. News & World Report for 10 years. Currently, Tom serves on a number of corporate boards, including that of Angie's List, now Angie's Home Services, and Shutterstock, Inc.
Over the course of the last 10 years, Tom has financially supported and raised funding for two schools in New York City that diagnose and provide therapy services for children on the autism spectrum, including the first such school in the Bronx. Together with his family, he helped establish the Perinatal Palliative Care and Bereavement Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Additionally, the Evans family has provided college tuition for promising students from the local area who wouldn't otherwise be able to pursue higher education.
Tom and his wife, Kristen, have a seventh-grader in The Bronxville School.
About the NPC
The NPC was formed in 1936 to foster the election of trustees of The Bronxville School on a non-partisan basis. The NPC, which consists of three elected representatives from each of Bronxville's seven election districts, solicits qualified residents who are interested in serving as school trustee and nominates a slate of candidates to run in the school-district election each May. To learn more, visit www.bronxvillenpc.com.
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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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