The William Floyd Board of Education has appointed a new trustee, Lorraine Mentz, a 15-year resident of Shirley and long-time school and community volunteer. Mrs. Mentz, who will fill the vacancy of former trustee Anthony Speruta, who moved out of state, will have to run for election in May 2018 to fill out the remainder of Mr. Speruta’s original term expiring on June 30, 2019. She will be sworn in at the Board of Education’s reorganization meeting on Tuesday, July 11.
“The Board is very excited to have Mrs. Mentz fill the vacancy created by Trustee Speruta’s resignation,” said Robert Vecchio, President, William Floyd Board of Education. “Mrs. Mentz has been a regular attendee at our board meetings, has participated in our Budget Advisory and State Aid Advocacy committees for many years and her leadership involvement with school PTOs also speaks to her commitment to serve our children and community in this new role.”
In addition to her roles serving on the executive boards of the William Floyd Elementary School and William Floyd Middle School PTOs over the past nine years, Mrs. Mentz has served as a member of the Just Kids Parent Organization and various district committees including Budget Advisory, State Aid Advocacy, Parent University and Professional Development Planning.
Mrs. Mentz and her husband, Christopher, currently have two children in the William Floyd School District – one entering William Floyd High School and the other entering William Floyd Middle School in the fall.
“I am extremely grateful to the Board of Education for this opportunity to serve William Floyd residents as a board trustee,” said Mrs. Mentz. “I have spent the last decade volunteering and learning about our schools and community and look forward to helping ensure that our students continue to receive the best opportunities in their academic careers at William Floyd.”
Mrs. Mentz is an educator by trade, currently serving as an elementary special/general education substitute teacher in the Westhampton Beach School District. She has previously been employed by the William Floyd School District and the New York City school system. She is also a 2013 recipient of SCOPE Education’s “Shining Star Award” for community service. She holds an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from SUNY Farmingdale, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from SUNY Old Westbury and a Master of Science degree in Secondary Education from Mercy College.