Avon CSD Board of Education

Thank you for your interest in our community’s schools! We hope this information is helpful to you as you participate in the District’s governing process. We are pleased to be the community’s voice in maintaining a quality school system for the children of Avon.

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Pictured (left to right); Front Row-Beth Peck, Karen Vanderbilt, Back Row-James Colt, Stephen Comeau,and Rodney George

Meet our Board Members!

Rodney George - President

Rodney George

Board President
Term Ends: 2026

  • served on the ACS Board of Education since 1999 & ACS Board President since 2004

  • in 2013 was elected to serve as the Area 2 Director for the NY State School Boards Association

  • retired from Kodak and is currently employed by the Genesee Valley BOCES

  • is a Vietnam veteran and a member of the Avon American Legion Post

  • has served as a member of the Avon Village Planning Board, was a Village Trustee and Deputy Mayor, volunteer on the Avon Rotary-Lions Ambulance

  • in 2012 was selected as the Avon Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year

Beth Peck - Member

Beth Peck

Board Member
Term Ends: 2027

  • began her service July 2018

  • has lived in Avon with her husband for 35 years

  • recently retired educator (after 34 years) with experience at the building and district-wide levels, with a deep understanding of curriculum, assessment, instructional support, and shared-decision making

  • looks forward to being responsive and respectful to our Avon community and all stakeholders.

James Colt - Vice President

James Colt

Vice President of the Board
Term Ends: 2025

  • has served on the ACS Board of Education since 2010 & is the Chair of the Internal Audit Committee

  • serves as the regional representative on the NY State School Board’s Association Resolutions Committee

  • has many years of experience working in education and is committed to making informed contributions based on the best interests of students, school and community

Comeau - Member

Dr. Stephen Comeau, Jr.

Board Member
Term Ends: 2026

  • began his service in July 2023

  • lives in Avon with his wife and 2 children

  • is employed as a Principal Scientist at Boehringer Ingelheim

  • serves the community as the medical director of the Avon Lacrosse Club and coaches the 5/6 grade team. Steve also volunteers on the Avon Holiday Spectacular.

  • looks forward to working to ensure that children have the resources and guidance to grow to their fullest potential, whatever their path. 

Karen Vanderbilt - Member

Karen Vanderbilt

Board Member
Term Ends: 2025

  • began her BOE service October 26, 2020

  • lives in Avon with her husband and 2 children

  • employed by the University of Rochester Medical Center

  • has served on: Rotary Club, Girls on the Run coach, Circle Nursery School Board, School Legacy Planning Committee and Superintendent’s Search Committee

  • believes that the school is the heart of our community


When are Board of Education meetings held?

Generally, regular meetings are held one or two times a month on Mondays.

Effective starting September 2018, Board of Education meetings will begin at 6:00 PM

Occasionally, regular meetings must be rescheduled or additional meetings held. The public is notified in advance when this happens through posting on our Calendar of Events on our main web page, posting at the Village and Town Halls, Post Office, and the Primary, Middle, High Schools & District Offices.

Where are meetings held?

In the ACS Middle School Library.

What are the Board’s functions?

As your representatives, the Board exercises the community’s rights to local control over public education. Every Board of Education in New York has legal and financial control over local school matters, subject only to limitations imposed by the United Stated Constitution, federal law, state law, regulations of the Commissioner of Education, and the will of local residents as expressed in local elections.

Where can I find Board of Education policy manual for Avon Schools?

Click HERE to review the district's policy manual.

Thinking of Serving on the Avon Central School District Board of Education?

Click HERE for more information about serving on the Board of Education.

Where can I find virtual meetings?

Click HERE for a list of recorded virtual meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

How do the meetings proceed?

To ensure efficient handling of the business before the Board and the Community at each meeting, all present, including Board members, follow specific rules of order.

All meetings are conducted by the President (or Vice President in the absence of the President), in accordance with a standard agenda format.

What kind of business does the Board address?

The Board of Education’s responsibilities include: establishing policy for the operation of schools; adopting curriculum; securing money for operational needs and programs; authorizing expenditures; determining goals and standards; interpreting the educational needs of the community; and representing the views of the community in matters affecting education.

Can you participate in Board meetings?

Yes. At every public Board of Education meeting there are two separate opportunities for visitors to participate. Both are listed on the agenda as “Guest Recognition”. Visitors are asked, upon being recognized by the Board President, to introduce themselves, state their address and identify the organization they are representing (if any).

The first “Recognition” occurs early in each meeting. At this time, the Board is open to comment on any subject on that meeting’s agenda. This guarantees residents the chance to offer opinions on actions slated to take place later in the evening. Individuals are permitted to speak for up to 3 minutes. A total of 15 minutes will be allowed for public comment at this time.

A second “Recognition” is on each agenda at the conclusion of regular business, and residents may then speak to the Board on any school-related subjects. Again, individual speakers will be limited to 3 minutes, with all discussions at this time limited to 15 minutes.

The Board is present to hear your comments but will refrain from commenting until they have had an opportunity to thoughtfully reflect on what you have said. If your comments require follow up or a response from the Board, appropriate action or follow up will be taken.