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White Plains Attorney Uncontested in Bid for Board Of Ed

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Rose Lovitch is running uncontested for one of three seats on the board of education up for election May 15.

Lovtich lives on Soundview Avenue and is originally from the Bronx. The part-time attorney majored in political science at Fordham University and studied at the Pace University School of Law. She will be taking the seat vacated by Donna McLaughlin.

The mother of three has an eighth-grader and ninth-grader in the school system, while her oldest graduated in 2011 and is a freshman at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

Over the last 12 years, Lovitch has served as president of the Post Road Elementary School PTA, co-president of the high school PTA, and now as co-president of PTA Council, she said.

"As a PTA member I feel like I've gotten so much experience at the school level that I think I'm ready to try something new," Lovitch said. "While we are in the middle of a financial crisis, I feel like White Plains is in a period of growth, beginning at the elementary school, the middle school redesign, and the expansion of so many programs and AP classes at the high school. I feel like I'm qualified to be involved in that growth and I'm very excited to be a part of it."

Lovitch said she would like to help expand enrichment programs. One example is the district's international exchange program, which she has been involved with as a board member for the Foundation for the Advancement of International Studies, as well as through her oldest son.

"My son was involved in the China Exchange program , and he became very interested in the international studies program," Lovitch said. "He is an international affairs major, which is something I was always interested in."

Lovitch said she will use her first year on the board as a learning experience, and then take that knowledge to help address the issues facing the district, such as closing the educational gap, she said.

"As an attorney, I'm a trained advocate for my clients, but at the school level I fell that I can be a very strong advocate to our kids, and I feel I have been," she said.

The board of education elections and budget vote will be May 15 from noon to 9 p.m., in six voting districts . For your polling place and further information, please call 422-2000

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