Board of Education
Rockland BOCES is governed by a policy-making board of education comprised of members from its eight component districts’ boards. Rockland BOCES Board members serve unpaid, three-year terms and are elected by component boards of education as part of the April BOCES administrative budget vote. To review Board policies, agendas and minutes, click here to go to Rockland BOCES’ BoardDocs portal.
Meet the Board
The eight component school districts are each represented on the Rockland BOCES Board of Education. Rockland BOCES Board members are nominated by their respective Boards and elected to three-year, unpaid terms by the component districts.
Peggy Zugibe, President
Representing the North Rockland Central School District
Term ends: 6/30/20
Mrs. Zugibe represents the Haverstraw-Stony Point Central School District Board of Education and has been a member of the Rockland BOCES Board of Education since 2008. She has been a member of the Haverstraw-Stony Point Board of Education since 1993 and is treasurer of the Rockland County School Boards Association.
She also serves as the Area 10 director of the New York State School Boards Association, representing boards in Rockland, Westchester and Putnam counties. She is the longtime chair of the steering committee of the Hudson-Long Island Coalition for Responsible State Funding of Education, a board member of the United Way of Rockland County, and a member of the joint policy committee of the Lower-Hudson Education Coalition and the Mid-Hudson School Study Council.
Rosemary Pitruzzella, Vice-President
Representing the South Orangetown Central School District
Term ends: 6/30/21
Mrs. Pitruzzella has been a member of the BOCES Board of Education since 2009. She has served on the South Orangetown Board of Education since 2004 and is a past Board president. She has been an active PTA leader in the district and has more than a decade of managerial experience in the private and public sectors.
Representing the Clarkstown Central School District
Term ends: 06/30/21
Mrs. Bierker was elected to the Rockland BOCES Board of Education in 2018 to represent the Clarkstown Central School District. Tamara, who also serves as President of the Clarkstown Board of Education, brings five decades of public education experience to BOCES, including many years as Department Chairperson of School Counseling (Guidance) at Felix Festa Middle School in West Nyack. Mrs. Bierker has been honored to receive the Life Member Award, Distinguished Service Award and Outstanding Service award from FFMS and the Clarkstown Council PTA.
Bernard Charles, Jr.
Representing the East Ramapo Central School District
Term ends: 06/30/19
Mr. Charles was elected to the Rockland BOCES Board of Education in 2016 to represent the East Ramapo Central School District, where he is a current Board member. He was previously appointed to the Rockland BOCES Board in 2015. Mr. Charles is Director of the Town of Ramapo Cultural Arts Center and serves as Vice President and Coordinator of Youth Programs for East Ramapo SEPTSA and as an advisor for the FOUR Floors Young Men’s Coalition.
Representing the Pearl River School District
Term ends 6/30/21
Mr. DePrisco was first elected to the Rockland BOCES Board of Education in 2011. He has served on the Pearl River School District Board of Education since 2008. Tom is also a member of the Rockland County School Boards Association, where he served as secretary. Mr. DePrisco is a former tenured New York City public school teacher and retired Captain of the New York City Police Department. He is a member of the Pearl River High School PTSA and SEPTA and a past and active member of the Franklin Avenue Middle School and High School PTAs.
Deborah P. Gatti
Term ends: 6/30/20
Ms. Gatti was appointed to the Rockland BOCES Board of Education in 2016 and has served on the North Rockland Central School District Board of Education since 2005. She is currently an administrative assistant at Robert A. Lenahan Architects. Mrs. Gatti previously worked for 13 years as Village Clerk for the Village of Haverstraw. Ms. Gatti is a former President of the Rockland County School Boards Association (2011-13), President of the Haverstraw-Stony Point School Board of Education (2009-2013) and Haverstraw-Stony Point PTA Council President (1998-2005).
Representing the Suffern Central School District
Term ends: 6/30/19
Mrs. Jeanette has been a member of the Rockland BOCES Board of Education since 2007. Currently a Worksite Wellness Coordinator at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, Mrs. Jeanette previously served for 21 years as Rockland County Director for the American Heart Association. She is a former member of the Suffern Central School District Board of Education and is actively involved with a number of local organizations that promote health and wellness.
Representing Nyack Public Schools
Term ends: 6/30/20
Mr. Mark has been a member of the BOCES Board of Education since 2011. He is Vice President of the Nyack Board of Education and is currently serving his sixth term. Mr. Mark is a professional musician and a trustee on the Valley Cottage Library Board.
Representing the Nanuet Union Free School District
Term ends: 6/30/21
Thomas Morr is an experienced financial manager with a master’s degree in Finance. He currently serves as Comptroller for the Town of Clarkstown. Previously, Tom held the position of Controller at Fujitec America in Clifton, New Jersey and worked for the Department of Hospitals with the County of Rockland.
Tom has been an energetic volunteer since moving to Orangetown 25 years ago. He has served on the Nanuet Board of Education, coached and helped run local youth recreation programs and taught religious education at his church. He also served as a Councilman for the Town of Orangetown.
NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
Rockland BOCES does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, age, marital status, partnership status, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, gender (sex), gender identity, military status, veteran status, domestic violence victim status or political affiliation, and additionally does not discriminate against students on the basis of weight, gender identity, gender expression, and religious practices or any other basis prohibited by New York State and/or federal non-discrimination laws in employment or its programs and activities. Rockland BOCES provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth organizations. Inquiries regarding Rockland BOCES non-discrimination policies or procedures should be directed to either:
- Ana Reluzco
Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
Civil Rights Compliance Officer
65 Parrott Road
West Nyack, NY 10994
- United States Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights