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Board discusses enrollment growth, grade configuration

The City School District of Albany has room to educate its growing student population in 2015-16, but will need to address space and grade-configuration questions to be able to serve students and families well in the years to come.

 

That was the perspective a consultant provided to the Board of Education on Nov. 19 during a presentation at Delaware Community School about enrollment growth and balancing. Visit our District News section to read more. The board will continue the short- and long-term enrollment discussion at its meeting Thursday, Dec. 11 at Philip J. Schuyler Achievement Academy.

 

Bruce, Savage win four-year Board of Education terms

Kenneth M. Bruce and Anne Savage won election to the City School District of Albany Board of Education on Nov. 4.

 

Savage received the most votes of the four candidates running for two open seats -- 7,305 in unofficial results. Bruce, who was appointed to the board in July to fill the remaining months of the seat Felicia Green vacated in the spring -- received 5,393 votes. Both will be sworn in to begin their four-year terms at the board's Jan. 5 meeting.

 

Sharon Rowe received 4,644 votes and Edith Leet received 4,617 votes. Current board member Alexandra Streznewski chose not to seek re-election and will leave the board when her term expires Dec. 31.

 

Final committee meetings of 2014

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has three committee meetings scheduled before the end of 2014:

  • Audit/Finance Committee -- Monday, Nov. 24, 5:30 p.m., Academy Park

  • Facilities Committee -- Tuesday, Nov. 25, 5:30 p.m., Academy Park

  • Governmental Relations Committee -- Thursday, Dec. 18, 5:30 p.m., Academy Park (the committee's previously scheduled meeting on Dec. 2 has been cancelled)

About the board

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 election. City of Albany residents interested in running for the board must file petitions with 250 qualified signatures in August. If you are interested in serving the community as a member of the school board, please contact the board clerk for more information at 475-6010.

 

Click here to read the board's mission, vision and values statement.

 

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 approval;

  • Approve or disapprove the superintendent's recommendations on personnel matters and contracts;

  • Review courses of study and textbooks; 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.

 

The district is committed to the belief that an effective school program can only be accomplished by nurturing a partnership between the schools and the community.

 

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.

 

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