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Board of Education

(click here for a schedule of 2017 board meetings)

Paula Tibbitts, board clerk

1 Academy Park

Albany, NY 12207

518-475-6015

 

Seven apply for vacant board seat

Seven community members have expressed an interest in being considered for the vacant position on the City School District of Albany Board of Education.

 

The board currently is operating with six members, one short of its full membership, following Kenneth M. Bruce's resignation in May. Please visit our District News section to read more about the candidates and the schedule for each to make presentations at board meetings in August.

 

Board chooses veteran Nevada educator as superintendent

The 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 for us.” 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. (MORE)

 

NYSSBA recognizes board members for continuing education

The 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 of training.

 

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 more.

 

BoardDocs includes materials beginning in October 2015. Follow the links below for older board documents and information:

 

Running for 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.

 

If you are interested in running for the board, please follow these links for additional information for prospective board candidates:

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.

 

About the board

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.

 

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

 

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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