Board of Education
(click here for a schedule of
2017 board meetings)
Paula Tibbitts, board clerk
1 Academy Park
Albany, NY 12207
Board invites candidates to fill vacant seat
City School District of Albany Board of Education is inviting candidates
to apply for its open seat. The board currently is operating with six
members, one short of its full complement.
Albany residents interested in filling the
vacancy should send a letter of interest as well as a resume or list of
qualifications by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 31 to the City
School District of Albany, 1 Academy Park, Albany, NY 12207. Please send
all materials to the attention of Board Clerk Paula Tibbitts.
Each candidate’s letter of interest and resume
or list of qualifications will be posted on the district’s website. All
candidates will have the opportunity to make a public presentation
during either the Aug. 17 or Aug. 31 board meetings. All candidates
should specify in the letter of interest which of those dates they would
be available to present.
The seat will run through June 30, 2018.
is open following board member Kenneth M. Bruce's resignation in May.
Board chooses veteran Nevada educator as superintendent
City School District of Albany Board of Education has selected longtime
Nevada educator Kaweeda G. Adams to serve as the next superintendent of
our 9,700-student district.
The board unanimously approved Adams' appointment at its July 13
meeting. She officially begins her duties Aug. 14.
Adams, a third-generation educator, has served in
increasing levels of responsibility in the Clark County School District
for the past 28 years. The district includes Las Vegas and educates more
than 320,000 students, about 75 percent of all students in Nevada.
“Kaweeda Adams is an exceptionally strong academic
leader,” said Board President Sue Adler. “She has a proven track record
of success in every position she has held. She also has an ability to
bring people together. We believe she is the ideal superintendent to
lead our school district forward in the critical work that lies ahead
Please visit our District News section to read more.
Governor's signature finalizes May board elections
City School District of Albany Board of Education elections will move from November to May, in
sync with nearly
every other school district in New York, under new legislation Gov.
Andrew Cuomo signed July 10.
The bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly
last month, shifts the district's board vote to the third Tuesday in May
annually, at the same time as the school budget vote. That's also when
nearly all other school districts in the state hold board
elections. Albany's board elections have been held in November, in
conjunction with the general election.
Board President Sue Adler thanked the governor for finalizing the
important change, which will benefit students and families. She also
credited Sen. Neil Breslin and Assemblymember Pat Fahy for their
exceptional leadership in helping the bill through their respective chambers during
the 2017 legislative session.
NYSSBA recognizes board members for continuing education
New York State School Boards Association presented certificates of
achievement to five City School District of Albany Board of Education
members May 18, recognizing them for completing ongoing educational
training through NYSSBA's "School Board U" Program.
Board President Sue Adler, Vice President Anne
Savage, Secretary Vickie Smith and board members Jennifer Lange and
Ellen Roach each received NYSSBA's Board Achievement Award. Adler also
recieved the Board Excellence Award after completing additional levels
NYSSBA's awards signify the completion of advancing levels of
educational programming specifically designed for school board members.
These activities include the New Member Academy, Board Officers Academy,
the NYSSBA annual convention, legal conferences, regional workshops and
district-level improvement programs.
"I know that every member of our school board
cares deeply about every child in our community," Dr. Wilkins said. "I
know how dedicated they all are to the important responsibilities that
are entrusted to them. I know how badly they want every child in our
community to succeed.
"Being a school board member sometimes is a thankless task. I am proud
to have this opportunity to let all of our board members know how much
we value the commitment they have made to our community -- and to
continuous improvement in their critical leadership role."
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.
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.