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Board of Education

 

Four seek two seats in November board elections

Candidates' forums planned Oct. 22, Oct. 27

Four candidates are seeking two seats in November's City School District of Albany Board of Education elections.

 

Current member Alexandra Streznewski is not seeking a second term and will be stepping down at the end of December. Board member Kenneth Bruce, who was appointed in July to fill the remaining months of the term vacated when Felicia Green resigned in the spring, is seeking election to a full four-year term. Also seeking election are Edith Leet, Sharon Rowe and Anne Savage. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4.

 

All four candidates are scheduled to participate in two community forums.

 

The first forum is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, located at 100 Elbel Court off Whitehall Road. The forum is co-sponsored by several community organizations: the Albany City Council Parent-Teacher Association (ACCPTA), the Albany Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the League of Women Voters of Albany County, the George Biddle Kelly Education Foundation, the Capital Area Urban League, the Council of Albany Neighborhood Associations (CANA), the Capital Area Council of Churches and the Reform Jewish Voice of New York State.

 

On Monday, Oct. 27, the Montessori Community Council (Montessori Magnet School's version of a Parent-Teacher Association) will host a forum for the candidates at 7 p.m. at the Pine Hills branch of the Albany Public Library, located at 517 Western Ave.

   

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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