Board Elections - Candidates

Meet the Candidates for the Carmel Central School District Board of Education

There are three (3) Board of Education seats up for election. All residents may vote on the three available seats, as well as the District’s budget.

Two seats will be filled by the two candidates with the highest number of votes for three (3)-year terms, commencing July 1, 2021, and expiring on June 30, 2024; one seat will be filled by the candidate with the third-highest number of votes for a term commencing May 19, 2021, and expiring on June 30, 2022.

The District will host a Meet the Candidates virtual event on May 11. Additional information about the virtual event will be available soon and a recording of the event will be made available after May 11.

Candidates are (as they will appear on the ballot):

  • Michelle Yorio
  • Jason Paraskeva
  • Melissa Orser
  • John C. Curzio II
  • Tamara Harrison

John C. Curzio II

 John C. Curzio II My name is John Curzio. I am a lifelong resident of the Carmel Central School District and a graduate of Carmel High School. I am also a graduate of Iona College, where I earned my bachelor’s degree. I am respectfully requesting your support of my candidacy for election to the position of Carmel School Board Trustee in the upcoming May 18, 2021, election.

During my tenure as your School Board Trustee from 2016-2019, I worked tirelessly to fulfill my campaign promises. These pledges included fighting for fiscal responsibility and opposing Common Core. As as a member of the board’s Education and Assessment Committee, I also proudly stood with our students to ensure that they receive the exceptional education that they deserve in our district.

During this present crisis, clear eyes and complete transparency are essential not only to earning the trust of the people, including district parents, but also to lead our community forward. This moment demands of our elected officials a coherent plan in order to get on with the urgent task of educating our students. The school board must effectively communicate their plan of action directly to the people, with the education, health, and safety of our students and staff being the top priority.

I would be honored to earn your support and your vote as I seek another term on the Carmel School Board as your faithful representative. I believe in Carmel Schools and hope you do too. Thank you and I look forward to speaking with you on the campaign trail!


Tamara Harrison

 Tamara Harrison My name is Tamara Harrison and I have been a resident and a taxpayer in our district for the last six years. I am a mother of two elementary-aged children and wife to a union husband. My family was quick at establishing roots and have been very involved in volunteering within our community. The majority of my career has been spent in administrative professional roles in pharmaceutical and corporate governance, supporting multiple boards around the world. I’ve spent countless hours assisting in budget preparation, performing all areas of human resource functions and ensuring that policy and procedures are followed. As a current municipal employee, I am knowledgeable in the various workings of government agencies.

It will be my goal, as a board member, to ensure that our children and staff have the tools they need to succeed while maintaining fiscal responsibility. As a resident with a young family, I plan to bring a fresh set of eyes to see how we can continue to improve. A school district can only function to their full potential if they have the support and collaboration of teachers, students, parents and administrative staff. This is especially important if we plan to continue to adapt and improve during this hybrid school environment and beyond. I’m a strong believer in transparency and will strive to improve communications within our district. My interest in running came after being involved in several meetings throughout this past year and realizing how much I have to offer.