Meet our Board Members

The Hamden Board of Education consists of nine members who are elected for staggered four-year terms.  No more than six members shall be from the same political party.  The Mayor shall be an ex-officio member without voting rights.

In addition to elected members, two students are selected by the Board to serve for two-year terms. Although their input is invaluable to Board discussions, student representatives do not have voting rights. Student representatives will not attend executive sessions of the Board nor have access to associated back-up material. 

View these answers to frequently asked questions to our board members.  You can contact our board members directly by clicking their names listed below. 


Hamden Board of Education, 2022-23

Member School Liaison


Melissa A Kaplan, Board Chair Ridge Hill School, SEPTA The Board Chair is an Ex-Officio member of all Board committees. 
Réuel Parks, Secretary Helen Street School Personnel (Chair), Operations,
Goals & Evaluations
Dr. David Asbery Hamden Middle School Policy (Chair), Personnel, Equity
Austin Cesare     Church Street School Goals & Evaluations (Chair), Policy, Finance
Mariam Khan Bear Path School, HHS Equity (Chair), Curriculum
Walter Morton, IV   Operations (Chair), Finance
Kevin Shea ACES
Operations, Equity
Gary Walsh Dunbar Hill School Finance (Chair), Policy
Ishnan Khan HHS Senior  
Mark Hu HHS Junior  

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