When the Bedford Central School District's board of education holds meetings for the next school year, it will be without a familiar face. After serving a single, three-year term, Graham Anderson is stepping down at the end of the month.
Elected in 2009, Anderson would speak with unvarnished commentary. His tenure coincided with a long period of austerity, presiding over several years in which tough fiscal choices - such as cutting more than 50 jobs for the upcoming year - were made.
Boad colleagues sent Anderson off with a lighthearted and joking farewell at their June 13 meeting.
Board President Susan Elion Wollin said: “We’ll miss your good cheer. We’ll miss your innate respectfulness and your good manners. Your mother brought you up so well.”
Anderson replied that if she's watching, "she’d be very happy to hear you say that.”
“I really love your whacky sense of humor," said fellow board member Suzanne Grant.
Board colleague Erika Long said that even in their most tense situations as a board, Anderson had always been a "total gentleman."
Anderson felt that during his time, the district's spending trajectory has improved and that educational quality has been maintained.
“This is not an easy undertaking and it was accomplished through input from our community as well.”
His role in education policy appears set for another chapter, as he hopes to join on school districts believed to be driving their fiscal problems.
Anderson will be replaced by Pound Ridge resident Lee Goldstein, whose term starts July 1.