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Our mission is to inspire all students to be confident, passionate learners with the courage and skills to lead their lives with integrity, while contributing to our global community with creativity and compassion.

The Members of the Board of Education

About the Board of Education   
To contact the Board of Education, please email:

or write to:

Board of Education President
c/o North Bellmore District Office
2616 Martin Ave.
Bellmore, NY 11710
Attn: Board Secretary 

2022-2023 School Board meetings are held at Martin Avenue School, 7:30 p.m.  

Melissa Cmar-Grote Melissa Cmar-Grote, President   
Melissa Cmar-Grote has served on the Board of Education for the past seven years and is one of the district’s representatives on the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District Board of Education. She and her husband have two daughters who graduated from Saw Mill Road Elementary School, where she twice served as co-president of the PTA. Ms. Cmar-Grote is a licensed clinical laboratory scientist in microbiology at Sunrise Medical Laboratories.

Christine Malloy Christine Malloy, Vice President   
Christine Malloy is in her third year on Board of Education and is serving as vice president for the first time. She has lived in the community for the past decade, and her four children attend Saw Mill Road Elementary School. Ms. Malloy has been a secondary teacher for 17 years, working with both general education and special education students, and also serves as a class adviser and student liaison.

Rosemarie Corless Rosemarie Corless, Trustee   
Rosemarie Corless was first elected to the Board of Education in 2006 and served until 2013. She rejoined the board in October 2018. She moved to North Bellmore in 1990 with her husband, and their three daughters attended North Bellmore and Bellmore-Merrick schools. Ms. Corless has worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner, caring for children with cancer, for 30 years, including the past eight at Cohen Children’s Medical Center.

Nina Lanci Nina Lanci, Trustee   
Nina Lanci is the longest-tenured member of the Board of Education in her 18th year and is also a trustee on the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District Board of Education. She is a past president of the Martin Avenue PTA. Ms. Lanci has the distinction of being the first woman inducted into the Bellmore Lions Club and has served as its president. She and her husband have a daughter who graduated from Martin Avenue School and Mepham High School.

Christopher Nardo Christopher Nardo, Trustee   
Christopher Nardo is a long-time resident of Merrick and currently raising two children who attend Park Avenue Elementary School. This is his first year serving on the Board of Education and has served on the North Bellmore’s Reopening Team. He is a New Business Developer at the Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation) for the more than 10 years, and spent his early career at JP Morgan, Barclays and Citibank in their institutional trading groups. Mr. Nardo holds a master’s degree in finance from Adelphi University and a bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University.

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