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Board unanimously approves resolution opposing mandatory field testing

The City School District of Albany Board of Education voted unanimously Jan. 15 to approve a resolution that opposes the New York State Board of Regents' proposal to institute mandatory field testing for students.


"The City School District of Albany Board of Education requests that the New York State Education Department and New York State Board of Regents reject mandating annual field testing, especially when any additional mandated field testing will minimize instructional time for all students, due to the excessive testing requirements of the State Education Department," the resolution states. Click here to download the full resolution.


The Regents' proposal would force school districts to participate in 40-minute stand-alone field testing, whether the districts believe it is in the best interest of students or not. Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D., has asked residents to contact the Regents and other elected offiicials to also oppose the proposal. Jan. 20 is the Regents' deadline for comments.


Board selects Farrell as president for 2015

Ginnie Farrell is the new president of the City School District of Albany Board of Education.


Farrell, beginning her fourth year on the board, was selected by her peers at the board’s Jan. 5 meeting at Albany High School. She served as board secretary in 2014, and previously as vice president in 2013. Farrell succeeds Rose Brandon, Th.D., as president.


"As I begin my fourth year as a school board member and my first year as board president the prevailing feeling I have is gratitude," Farrell said during the meeting.


"I look forward to working with everyone in our community -- parents, students, staff, residents and my fellow board members -- to make sure that each of our more than 9,000 students realizes the potential that they deserve. We have amazing students in our district and we are all so fortunate to be working together for them. It is not an easy path, but working together with the children and the community in our hearts, it can happen."


Also at the Jan. 5 meeting, the board selected Sue Adler as its vice president for 2015 and C. Anthony Owens as secretary. Adler and Owens are first-time board officers. Board members Kennth M. Bruce and Anne Savage also were sworn in following their election last fall.


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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