Board of Education
Owens steps down from school board
City School District of Albany Board of Education member C. Anthony
Owens has announced his resignation, effective July 3.
Owens was elected in to the board in 2013 and served as board secretary.
His term expires at the end of 2017.
“We are grateful to Anthony for his commitment to our schools and our
students and for the time he has devoted on their behalf,” said Board
President Ginnie Farrell.
In the resignation he submitted to board members on July 3, Owens said
he appreciated his experience and is honored to have served with
individuals who are dedicated to improving the lives of children in the
Community forum on Albany
High athletic plan
The City School District
of Albany Board of Education Facilities Committee
welcomed community members for a June 25 forum
about the new artificial-turf athletic field
planned for Albany High School.
About 15 residents and parents attended the
forum, which included a presentation about fill materials commonly used
in artificial-turf athletic fields.
overwhelmingly approved a $2.5 million project that includes an
artificial-turf athletic field at Albany High.
The State Education
Department approved the project in June, and the district and Board of
Education now are researching materials, products and contractors for
Some participants at the forum raised questions about health and safety
issues related to artificial turf; others
touted the benefits of the project and urged the
board members present to make the new field accessible to Albany High
student-athletes as soon as possible.
Please visit our District News section to read more.
Board candidates present to public
of the 11 community members that have expressed
interest in filling a vacant seat on the
City School District of Albany Board of
Education presented to the community at the
board's June 18 meeting.
read more about each of the candidates by following the
Mark Barth, Ph.D.
R. Samuel Carrera
Sridar V. Chittur, Ph.D.
C. Roter, Ph.D.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.