Board of Education
Board seeks public comment on process to fill vacancy
City School District of Albany Board of
Education is seeking public input on the process
it will use to fill the seat vacated by Dan
Egan’s recent resignation.
The board will discuss the process at its April
16 meeting at Albany High School, 700 Washington
Ave. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the
The seven-member board currently is operating with six members. The
board’s process to select a replacement for Egan is as follows:
Solicit volunteers to fill the position;
Ask interested candidates to submit a letter and resume to the
Require each candidate to make a three-minute presentation at an
upcoming board meeting (neither board members nor community members
will be allowed to ask questions of the candidate at this time);
Discuss the candidates in executive session; and
Appoint the new board member.
Please submit comments about this process by the close of business
Wednesday, April 15 to Board Clerk Catherine Cutting at
visit our District News section to read more.
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.