Board of Education
March 12 Policy Committee meeting cancelled
The City School District of Albany Board of Education Policy Committee
meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 12 has been cancelled. The
committee's next scheduled meeting is Wednesday, April 9 from 5:30-6:30
p.m. at Academy Park.
Brandon leads board in 2014
Rose Brandon, Th.D., is the
president of the City School District of Albany Board of Education for
Dr. Brandon, beginning her sixth year on the board, was selected
unanimously by her peers at the board’s Jan. 6 meeting at Albany High
School. She served as board secretary in 2013, and previously as
secretary in 2010 and vice president in 2011 and 2012.
Brandon (second from left in the photo) succeeds Alexandra Streznewski as president.
"I am honored to be selected president by my colleagues and I’m looking
forward to our continued work together toward our goal of becoming the
best urban school district in America by 2020,” Dr. Brandon said. “We
have a lot of challenges facing us, but we also have a dynamic,
visionary superintendent in Dr. Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard. With her
leadership and board support I am confident that we will meet our
Also at the Jan. 6 meeting, the board selected Dan Egan as its vice
president for 2014 and Ginnie Farrell as secretary. Egan, who served as
president from 2010-12, joins Dr. Brandon as the longest-tenured members
of the current board as he begins his sixth year.
Farrell served as vice president in 2013.
Board members Sue Adler and C. Anthony Owens also were sworn in Jan. 6 –
Adler beginning a new four-year term after her re-election and Owens
beginning his first four-year term after his election last fall.
adopts anti-testing resolution
The City School District of Albany Board of Education
has adopted a resolution calling on the New York State Education
Commissioner and the state Board of Regents "to stop the over-reliance
on standardized tests as a measure of student performance and
"While the implementation of Common Core will
ultimately help students, teachers, and teaching and learning, the
growing reliance on and misalignment of standardized testing is eroding
student learning time, narrowing the curriculum, and jeopardizing the
rich, meaningful education our students need and deserve," the
resolution read in part.
The board voted 4-2 in favor of the resolution at its
Sept. 3 meeting.
to download the full resolution.
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.
The board typically
meets twice a month, on the first and third Thursdays. The first meeting
is considered the monthly business meeting and the board considers
matters that require action at that time. The second monthly meeting is
a “roundtable discussion” of specific items.
to read the board's mission, vision and values statement, adopted in
You also can
here to review the board's committee assignments for 2012.
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.
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.