Blind Brook School District

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Blind Brook-Rye UFSD
390 North Ridge Street
Rye Brook, New York 10573

United States
Coordinates 41°01′50″N 73°40′55″W / 41.03053°N 73.682068°W / 41.03053; -73.682068Coordinates: 41°01′50″N 73°40′55″W / 41.03053°N 73.682068°W / 41.03053; -73.682068
District information
Type Public (government funded)
Motto Schools of Excellence
Grades K–12
Superintendent Dr. Jonathan Ross
Schools 3
Budget $34,082,000 (2009–2010 school year)[1]
District ID 3624630[1]
Students and staff
Students 1,524[1]
Teachers 123.05 (on an FTE basis)[1]
Student-teacher ratio 12.39[1]
Athletic conference Section 1, Class C
Colors Blue and white
Other information

The Blind Brook School District, officially known as the Blind Brook-Rye Union Free School District, is a public school district that serves approximately 1,550 students in Rye Brook, New York, in Westchester County, United States. Before it was known as the Blind Brook School District, it was called District 5.

The Superintendent of Schools is Dr. Jonathan Ross. Dr. Ross previously served the district as the Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Facilities.[2]

The district serves about 70% of the area of Rye Brook; the remainder is in the Port Chester School District.[3]

Board of education[edit]

The Board of Education (BOE) is made up of five members who reside in the Blind Brook School District. An election is held each May to elect members to the BOE and to vote on the school district's budget.

Demographics and instruction[edit]

As of 2000 the district had 1,108 students and a 12 to 1 student to faculty ratio. Dr. James B. Van Hoven, the superintendent, said that district students are within "a high-powered academic program in a very intimate setting", and described the scenario as being "like a private school."[4]

According to a US News Report [5] from 2016, Blind Brook is ranked #32 in New York State and #177 Nationally. The AP participation rate as of 2016 is 81%.


The Blind Brook School District houses three schools in two buildings across the district (Middle and High School on same campus).

The Bruno M. Ponterio Ridge Street Elementary School[edit]

The Bruno M. Ponterio Ridge Street Elementary School (BMP-RSS) serves Kindergarten to 5th grade. The building was renamed in the late 1990s in honor of long-time building principal and Rye Brook resident, Bruno M. Ponterio. Ponterio was principal for about 25 years.

The current principal is Tracy Taylor. The assistant principal is Lori Cutrone.

BMP-RSS was the first building built by the Blind Brook School District, and was erected in the 1950s. Before the current building was built, a mansion standing on the property housed the school.

Before the creation of Blind Brook High School in 1973, BMP-RSS housed the entire Blind Brook School District. As time progressed, the building held grades K to 6th. When the middle school wing of the High School was built in 2002, the 6th grade was moved to the new building. That spring brought two graduations for BMP-RSS for the first time in its history, as both the 5th and 6th grades moved on to the middle school.

In 2006, ground was broken on a new administration wing, and air conditioners were installed throughout the building. The construction marked the first additions to the building since the addition of the New Gym and a two-level classroom wing in the 1960s.

Blind Brook Middle School[edit]

Blind Brook Middle School (BBMS) houses grades 6th through 8th and is on the Blind Brook Middle School-High School King Street Campus.

The principal is Todd Richard. The middle school associate principal is Ms. Butler.

The first principal was Dr. Thomas Wolf. Dr. Wolf was key in the creation of the current BBMS curriculum during his tenure at Blind Brook, from mid-2002 to 2007. He announced in early 2006 that he would retire on January 31, 2007.

A search for a new principal took place in 2006 and the Board of Education voted on a replacement prior to the end of the 2005–2006 school year. The replacement chosen was Karen Bronson, whose title, until Dr. Wolf retired, was "Principal on Special Assignment". She became the second principal in BBMS history.

Bronson retired at the end of the 2010–2011 school year. A search process during this year resulted in the hiring of Patricia Lambert as her replacement. Lambert took over as the third middle school principal in July 2011. In 2013, Lambert moved on to become principal of the high school. Todd Richard, who was serving as the assistant principal for the middle school and the high school, was appointed as the new middle school principal.

BBMS was originally composed of a hallway of classrooms and shared the entire building with the high school. As part of a district-wide bond referendum sparked by increasing enrollment, in 2002, a larger, two-story wing with a gymnasium, computer lab, and office space was built. This separated most daily activities of the middle school and high school, even though the two are still both under the same building.

In 2006 ground was broken on a new middle school wing which houses general education classrooms, science labs, an MS cafeteria, lockers, and a new faculty office room.

BBMS shares athletic facilities with the high school, along with the Monroe E. Haas Library and IMC (instructional media center), LGI (large group instruction), band room, auditorium, and cafeteria.

Blind Brook High School[edit]

Blind Brook High School (BBHS) was built in 1973 (renovated in 2002 and 2006) and houses grades 9th through 12th. According to a 2014 article in Newsweek Global, the college enrollment rate was in the 95th percentile and the on time graduation rate was in the 89th percentile.[6]

The principal is Patricia Lambert[7] and the associate principal is Derek Schuelein.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Blind Brook-rye Union Free School District". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved October 29, 2011. 
  2. ^ Leder, Anna. "Dr. Jonathan Ross to be Appointed Blind Brook Superintendent". Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  3. ^ Platzman, Cheryl. "IF YOU'RE THINKING OF LIVING IN/RYE BROOK, N.Y.; 1 Close-Knit Village, 2 School Districts." (Correction Appended) The New York Times. July 2, 2000. p. 1. Retrieved on July 8, 2013.
  4. ^ Platzman, Cheryl. "IF YOU'RE THINKING OF LIVING IN/RYE BROOK, N.Y.; 1 Close-Knit Village, 2 School Districts." (Correction Appended) The New York Times. July 2, 2000. p. 2. Retrieved on July 8, 2013.
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  6. ^ Schonfeld, Zach (2014-09-09). "Two Lists are Better than One". Newsweek Global. 
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