Chappaqua Central School District

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Chappaqua Central School District
66 Roaring Brook Road, Chappaqua, NY 10514
School type State, National, Public
Founded 1928
Superintendent Dr. Marilyn McKay
Grades K12
Number of students ~4700
Average class size 20
Student to teacher ratio 11.6
Language English
Budget $114,828,088 (2013-2014)
Tuition None
Communities served New Castle, New York, parts of Mt. Kisco, New York, Pleasantville, New York

The Chappaqua Central School District is a K-12 public school district serving students in Chappaqua, New York. The superintendent of schools is Dr. Lyn McKay, who has been Superintendent since July 2011.[1]

Schools and administrators[edit]

Superintendent and Cabinet[edit]

Position Name
Superintendent of Schools Marilyn McKay
Deputy Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Eric Byrne
Deputy Superintendent for Human Resources & Leadership Development Andrew Selesnick
Deputy Superintendent for Business John Chow
Director of Special Education & Related Services Heidi McCarthy
Director of Educational Technology Darleen Nicolosi

Board of Education[edit]

As of August 2012:

  • Jeffrey Mester, president
  • Karen Visser, vice president
  • Warren Messner
  • Alyson Gardner Kiesel
  • Victoria Tipp

Committee on Special Education[edit]

  • Carol Bartlik
    • CSE Chairperson for Roaring Brook School
  • Debra Alspach
    • CSE Chairperson for Douglas G. Grafflin School
  • Annemarie DeLucia-Piekarski and Karen Ruzzo
    • CSE Chairperson for Westorchard Elementary School
  • Elizabeth Wright
    • CSE Chairperson, Middle Schools
    • CSE Committee Chair
  • Catherine Bento
    • CSE Chairperson, Horace Greeley High School



Douglas G. Grafflin Elementary School

  • Ms. Jamie Edelman, Principal
  • Ms. Debra Alspach, Assistant Principal

Roaring Brook Elementary School

  • Ms. Amy Fishkin, Principal
  • Mr. William Yang, Assistant Principal

Westorchard Elementary School

  • Mr. James Skoog, Principal
  • Ms. Annemarie DeLucia-Piekarski, Assistant Principal

Middle schools[edit]

Robert E. Bell Middle School

  • Mr. Martin Fitzgerald, Principal
  • Mr. Tim Doyle, Assistant Principal

Seven Bridges Middle School

  • Dr. Michael Kirsch, Interim Principal
  • Mr. Gregory Stiefel, Assistant Principal

High school[edit]

Horace Greeley High School

  • Mr. Robert Rhodes, Principal
  • Mr. Andrew Corsilia, Assistant Principal
  • Ms. Michelle Glenn, Assistant Principal
  • Mr. Michael Taylor, Assistant Principal

Former Schools[edit]

  • King Street School (1800s-1930, 1931-1951)
  • Rural District School 1 (closed 1928)
  • Rural District School 2 (closed 1928)
  • Rural District School 3 (closed 1928)
  • Rural District School 4 (closed 1928)
  • Rural District School 5 (closed 1928)
  • Rural District School 6 (closed 1928)
  • Rural District School 7 (closed 1928)
  • Roaring Brook Schoolhouse (1914-1951)
    • Note that the schoolhouse was replaced by the new Roaring Brook School, which is still used today. The schoolhouse itself was rented to Boy Scout Troop 1 for 40 years before being condemned and razed.

All of these schools with the exception of the King Street School operated from 1931-1951 were one-room schoolhouses that were merged.


Before the school district was officially chartered, one-room schoolhouses devoid of windows were prevalent. The school districts began merging into what was then known as Rural School District No. 4 of the Towns of New Castle & Mount Pleasant which became the Chappaqua Central School District. The Chappaqua Central School District, pursuant to Education Law, merged to what was then known as Chappaqua School District No. 4 completely by 1927. In need of larger facilities, construction on Horace Greeley School, named for Horace Greeley, a prominent statesman and news publisher that lived in town, began that same year. The building was designed and built by John Borup, as indicated on a plaque outside the entrance by the Auditorium. Construction finished in 1928, and the school opened that September as a grade 1-12 school. In 1937, the Public Works Administration completed an addition including a new gymnasium, and designed by the firm of Tooker & Marsh and built by Wintour J. Hackett & Co. The district principal at the time was Dr. Robert E. Bell, for whom Bell Middle School is now named. Douglas G. Grafflin, for whom the Grafflin School was named, was Bell's successor as district principal.

In 1951, Roaring Brook Elementary School, which at the time was a one-room schoolhouse, was enlarged into its current building in 1951 and became part of the school district. In 1957, Horace Greeley School moved to its current location at 70 Roaring Brook Road, now as Horace Greeley High School, with the district headquarters moved next door to 66 Roaring Brook Road. The former Horace Greeley School was enlarged and turned into Robert E. Bell Middle School. In 1962, Douglas G. Grafflin Elementary School was finished, and opened its doors that September. In 1971, Westorchard Elementary School was built and opened on a parcel near West Orchard Road. This ended the Chappaqua Central School District's expansion for 32 years.

For a period in the late 1950s, kindergarten and fifth grade classes for the district were housed in J Building at Horace Greeley High School due to overcrowding, which prompted an addition at Roaring Brook and the construction of Douglas Grafflin Elementary School in 1962. For a brief period in the 1970s, there was no room at Roaring Brook Elementary School for kindergarten or fifth grade classes. This was partially alleviated with the construction of Westorchard Elementary School in 1971. In 1974, an addition was hastily erected at Westorchard. In 1973, the district rented the St. John & St. Mary Parish School, which had closed a year earlier, and the building housed fifth grade classes. J Building at Greeley also housed classes. In 1975, "temporary" portable trailers were erected at Roaring Brook Elementary School which housed Roaring Brook's kindergarten classes until 2002.

In 2001, ground was broken on Seven Bridges Middle School, which was built in order to alleviate overcrowding at the town's only middle school, Robert E. Bell Middle School.

In 2002, to address overcrowding, an addition of a new wing for the kindergarten classes was added to Roaring Brook, and the rapidly decaying portables were demolished. In June 2003, Seven Bridges was finished, dedicated in August, and opened its doors to its first students that September. Fifth grade students were then moved to the middle school to help overcrowding at the district's three elementary schools.


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