Board of Education
(click here for a schedule of
2017 board meetings)
Paula Tibbitts, board clerk
1 Academy Park
Albany, NY 12207
March 30 budget forum moved to April 6 board meeting
The City School District of Albany Board of Education budget forum
originally scheduled for March 30 has been postponed and merged with the
regular board meeting on April 6.
The March 30 budget forum is being postponed because the district does
not anticipate a significant update on state aid in time to advance the
budget-development planning from the
meeting. The state's deadline to approve its annual budget,
including state aid for school districts, is April 1. The April 6 board
meeting will be held in the north cafeteria at Albany High School
beginning at 7 p.m. Please visit our
Development section for more information.
Board review leads to new procedures for small facilities
The City School District of Albany is putting in place additional
procedures for evaluation and implementation of small facilities
projects following an independent audit of a classroom renovation.
The audit determined that
the district inadvertently classified a theater classroom project at
Albany High School’s Abrookin Career and Technical Center as routine
maintenance rather than a formal capital project.
The project involved the upgrade of an unused classroom at Abrookin into
instructional space. The project began in June 2015 and was completed in
Please visit our District News section to read more.
Board opposes U.S. education secretary nominee
The City School District of Albany Board of Education joined a growing
national movement against U.S. education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos
on Jan. 30 with
a resolution opposing her appointment.
The resolution called on the U.S. Senate
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to vote no when it
considered DeVos’ appointment Jan. 31.
Calling public education a
“fundamental civil right” in the United States, Board President Sue
Adler said the nation should not put its educational leadership “into
the hands of a person who not only lacks the qualifications to fill the
critical post for which she has been nominated, but who also has waged a
personal war against public education.”
Both the Senate
committee and the full Senate ultimately approved DeVos' appointment.
The board and district
also reaffirmed a steadfast commitment to serving every student and
family in the Albany community.
Please visit our District News section to read more, including ways
you can help support all of Albany's students.
New board officers selected; members sworn in
The City School District of Albany Board of Education on Jan. 3 selected
Sue Adler its president.
Elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2013, Adler served as board vice
president in 2015 and 2016. Her term as president runs through Dec. 31,
and she succeeds Kenneth M. Bruce as president.
The board also selected Anne Savage as vice president and Vickie Smith
as secretary. Savage was elected in 2014 and served as secretary in 2016. Smith is a first-time board officer; she won re-election in
Also on Jan. 3, Smith and new board member Sridar Chittur, Ph.D., were sworn in.
Both were elected in November to serve four-year terms.
Board documents available through new web portal
Documents related to the City School District
of Albany Board of Education can be accessed by
clicking the link to
BoardDocs.com. There, you can find agendas, meeting minutes and
BoardDocs includes materials beginning in October 2015. Follow the links
below for older board documents and
Running for the
City School District of Albany Board of Education is made
up of seven non-paid citizens of Albany who are each elected to serve
a four-year term. New York state law does not limit the number of
terms a board member serves.
Board elections are held in November at the same time as the general
Two board terms expire at the end of 2016 and both seats are up for
election on Nov. 8. Each seat
carries a four-year term that begins in January 2017 and ends in
December 2020. City of Albany residents interested in running for the
board must file petitions with 250 qualified signatures. You can
download a petition
here or pick up one from the board clerk in the district's
headquarters at 1 Academy Park. The first day for signing nominating
petitions is July 12. Completed petitions can be filed Aug. 16-23 at the Albany County Board of Elections at 32 North Russell
If you are interested in running for the board, please follow these links for additional information for prospective board
If you are
interested in serving the community as a member of the school board,
please contact the board clerk for more information at 475-6015.
The board typically
meets twice a month, on the first and third Thursdays. The board's responsibilities and duties
are derived from the State Constitution, the laws of New York state and
the rulings of the New York state commissioner of education.
The board's main responsibilities are to:
Establish district policies;
Develop an annual budget for public
Approve or disapprove the
superintendent's recommendations on personnel matters and contracts;
Review courses of study and
Act as a communication link between
residents and the superintendent.
Other duties include defining the
district's philosophy, setting goals to achieve academic objectives,
planning for future needs and authorizing certain contracts.
to read the board's mission, vision and values statement.
committed to the belief that an effective school program can only be
accomplished by nurturing a partnership between the schools and the
Decisions made by your elected school
board affect the education of our children and, therefore, the well-being of this community. Your school board can best represent its
constituents when members of the community take the time to observe the
board in action, express their opinions, ask questions and communicate
their wishes in the public setting. Your continued interest and support
will guarantee the excellence of our schools.