About the Board

About the Board 

As the official policymaking body of the Suffern Central School District, the Board of Education ensures that the district fulfills its mission to educate for personal excellence. In its primary role as a prudent steward of the public’s investment in education, the Board is dedicated to the following strategic goals:

  • Ensuring the district’s fiscal health by balancing fairness to the taxpayer and the best interests of students
  • Developing policies that support the administration in implementing data-driven best practices to advance student achievement and manage district resources
  • Assuring the district is able to meet the educational needs of all students and challenge each child to achieve to his or her fullest potential

View Board policies, meeting agendas and minutes in BoardDocs.

View SCSD & BOE Advocacy on Proposed Utility Legislation.

Meet the Board

The Board is comprised of seven members; each member is elected to serve an unpaid, three-year term.
Questions?  Contact the District Clerk at districtclerk@sufferncentral.org or 845-357-7783, ext. 11237.

Please contact Board of Education members by using the email address: boardofeducation@sufferncentral.org.



Matthew KernMatthew Kern, President

A certified New York State public librarian and trained archivist, Mr. Kern is currently a supply chain director for Menasha Packaging. He holds a Master of Library Science degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is the father of a preschooler and two Montebello Elementary School students. Mr. Kern was elected to the Board of Education in May 2016.



Paul ShapiroPaul Shapiro, Vice President 

Mr. Shapiro was elected to the Board in May. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he earned his master’s degree from the College of New Rochelle and an advanced certificate in administration/supervision from SUNY New Paltz. Mr. Shapiro is a retired school teacher and building administrator, and has held previous positions in the District including interim principal at Montebello Elementary School, and acting Assistant Principal at Suffern High School.



Don CairnsDonald Cairns

Mr. Cairns was elected to the Board in May 2018. A graduate of Rider College, Cairns earned his Master’s Degree at the University of Maryland and was a social studies teacher in the East Ramapo School District for over 30 years. Most recently he has served as the Executive Director for the Rockland Community College Foundation and has received numerous awards and honors for his volunteer efforts throughout the County.



Tom DonnellyTom Donnelly

Mr. Donnelly was elected to the Board in May. A graduate of Suffern High School, Mr. Donnelly earned his bachelor’s degree from Mercy College and worked as a police officer for the Town of Ramapo before recently retiring. Mr. Donnelly has been a familiar face within the district, as he served as the Suffern High School resource officer for the past 17 years.



Angus MacKenzieAngus MacKenzie

Mr. MacKenzie is a retired New York City police detective. Born and raised in Suffern, he received a Bachelor’s Degree from St. John’s University and a Master’s Degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Mr. MacKenzie has three children in the District and volunteers his time as a football coach for the Suffern Middle School football team, Suffern Midget Mounties, and the Ramapo PAL Flag Football league. In 2018, he was inducted into the Suffern Rotary. Mr. MacKenzie was elected to the Board in May 2018.


Chris NicponChris Nicpon

Mr. Nicpon was elected to the Board in May 2019. For the past 19 years, he and his wife have lived in Suffern with their three children, the youngest still attending Suffern High School. Mr. Nicpon is a pediatrician in private practice at Valley Pediatric Associates and attended Siena College and Albany Medical School before completing his pediatric residency at the University of Connecticut. Mr. Nicpon is active in his church’s youth mission program and has chaperoned trips to New Orleans and Nicaragua.


Melissa ReimerMelissa Reimer 

A graduate of San Diego State University, Ms. Reimer is a Certified Public Accountant. She has been living in the Suffern Central School District for more than 21 years and is the mother of two high school students.  Ms. Reimer was elected to the Board of Education in May 2018.

School Reopening Update - 8/7/20

Governor Andrew Cuomo today announced that schools across New York State will be allowed to reopen and must work with the SED and DOH as to how that will occur. He also announced a series of next steps for districts to take between now and August 21, including posting separately their remote learning, COVID testing and contract tracing plans, in addition to holding discussions with parents and staff.  With this new information, the Suffern Central School District will take a few days to align its state-mandated reopening plans with Governor Cuomo's directives. Please watch for updates on school day scheduling, instruction, transportation and other critical district operations in the coming days as well as dates for parent and staff discussions to be held.


El gobernador Andrew Cuomo anunció hoy que las escuelas en todo el estado de Nueva York podrán reabrir y deben trabajar con el SED y el DOH en cuanto a cómo ocurrirá eso. También anunció una serie de próximos pasos para que los distritos tomen entre ahora y el 21 de agosto, incluyendo publicar por separado su aprendizaje remoto, pruebas COVID y planes de seguimiento de contratos, además de mantener conversaciones con los padres y el personal. Con esta nueva información, el Distrito Escolar Central de Suffern tardará unos días en alinear sus planes de reapertura obligatorios por el estado con las directivas del gobernador Cuomo. Esté atento a las actualizaciones sobre la programación del día escolar, la instrucción, el transporte y otras operaciones críticas del distrito en los próximos días, así como las fechas para las discusiones de padres y personal que se llevarán a cabo.