2014 Nassau BOCES Education Partner Award Honoree
Executive Board Member
Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association
Before her retirement in June 2013, Maryanne Lehrer served as a member of the Oceanside Board of Education for 36 years, making a profound impact on the Oceanside community and the educational community at large.
Lehrer currently serves on the Nassau- Suffolk School Boards Association as a member of the executive board, as well as having served as the chair of the legislative, dues and nominating committees. She has also served on behalf of the Nassau County boards of education as a representative to the New York State School Boards Resolution Committee and to the WLIW21 Instructional Television Service Committee.
On the national level, Lehrer has served as a Federal Relations Network representative for the Fourth Congressional District to the National School Boards Association, promoting support for Nassau County education, with an emphasis on securing adequate levels of funding for essential programs. Additionally, she has served as chairperson, panelist and lecturer at numerous forums, workshops and classes on educational issues such as school finance, child abuse, academic censorship and shared decision-making.
Lehrer has earned several awards for educational leadership, including the New York State School Boards Association's "Educational Excellence" and "Advocate of the Year" awards, as well as Distinguished Service Awards from both the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association and the New York State Parent Teacher Association (PTA). She is the recipient of an honorary life membership in the National Congress of PTAs and the New York State PTA, and the New York State PTA Diamond Award.
"Thanks in large part to the efforts of Maryanne Lehrer, Oceanside has one of the lowest tax rates in Nassau County with the highest percent of its budget going directly into instruction," wrote her award nominator. "She has been instrumental in establishing the Oceanside Middle School, in maintaining a strong neighborhood school concept, in putting education dollars into programs that serve students at all levels of achievement, and in supporting school budgets that provide for effective and efficient education."