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Board seeks public comment on process to fill vacancy

The 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 north cafeteria.

 

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 district;

  • 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 ccutting@albany.k12.ny.usPlease 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. 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.

 

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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