2011 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree
Freeport UFSD and Nassau BOCES
Ronald Ellerbe is recognized throughout the region as a community leader, a policy maker, a child advocate and a fierce promoter of equity in education.
For more than 14 years, Ellerbe has been a voice for the children and families of Freeport, N.Y. He has been a member of Freeport UFSD's Board since 1996, serving as vice president since 2006, president from 2000 to 2001 and chairman of the Legislative, Safety and Budget committees.
Ellerbe's reach extends far beyond Freeport. In 2007, he was elected by local school districts to serve on the Nassau BOCES Board. In addition, he is active in the New York State School Boards Association, (NYSSBA) where he served on the Resolutions and State Legislative Network committees.
A frequent traveler to the state Capitol, Ellerbe is known around Albany for his role with R.E.F.I.T. (Reform Education Finance Inequities Today). As the organization's past-president and a member of its Executive Committee since 2001, Ellerbe advocates on behalf of local school districts to secure equitable shares of New York state education aid.
Ellerbe is a member of the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association's Executive Board and has served on the Legislative and Budget committees, among others. He is past chairman of the Nominating Committee, current vice-chairman of the Finance Committee and also serves as the association's representative to the Nassau BOCES Career and Technical Education Committee.
In 2009, Ellerbe earned a "Sixty Over Sixty" award from School-Business Partnerships of Long Island Inc. in recognition of his contributions to the community.
In April of 2011, Ellerbe earned a Board Achievement award from NYSSBA, acknowledging the extensive time and effort required of school board members who continually strive to expand their knowledge and skills for better board governance.
Ellerbe is a graduate of Fordham University and holds a master's in public administration from Long Island University, C.W. Post Campus. He also has a Master of Boardsmanship from NYSSBA. He currently lives in Freeport, N.Y., is married and has three children and five grandchildren.