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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



NYSSBBA 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 review leads to new procedures for small facilities projects

The City School District of Albany is putting in place additional procedures for evaluation and implementation of small facilities projects following an independent audit of a classroom renovation.


The audit determined that the district inadvertently classified a theater classroom project at Albany High School’s Abrookin Career and Technical Center as routine maintenance rather than a formal capital project. The project involved the upgrade of an unused classroom at Abrookin into instructional space. The project began in June 2015 and was completed in early 2016. Please visit our District News section to read more.


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 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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