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Board of Education

New board member sworn in to fill vacant seat

The City School District of Albany Board of Education appointed Kenneth M. Bruce on July 17 to fill the remaining five months of a board term vacated when Felicia Green resigned this spring.


At right, Bruce (left) takes the Oath of Office from Bernard Bryan, president of the Albany chapter of the NAACP. Bruce was among eight candidates who expressed interest at the board’s June 19 meeting.


The position Bruce will fill will be one of two seats up for election in November. Board member Alexandra Streznewski’s term also is ending this year.


Brandon leads board in 2014

Rose Brandon, Th.D., is the president of the City School District of Albany Board of Education for 2014.


Dr. Brandon, in 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. Dr. Brandon 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 challenges head-on.”


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.


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.


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. Click here to read the board's mission, vision and values statement, adopted in October 2006.


You also can click 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 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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