Board of Education
(click here for a schedule of
2017 board meetings)
Paula Tibbitts, board clerk
1 Academy Park
Albany, NY 12207
Special board meeting May 22
The City School District of Albany Board of
Education will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. on May 22 at Academy
Park to discuss routine consent items.
NYSSBBA recognizes board members
for continuing education
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 Ach
ievement Award. Adler also
recieved the Board Excellence Award after completing additional levels
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.
The board members recognized May 18 are pictured (L-R) with Interim
Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D. (third from left) -- Lange,
Savage, Roach, Adler and Smith.
"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."
Bruce resigns from board
City School District of
Albany Board of Education member Kenneth M. Bruce resigned May 4,
Bruce had been a board member since he was
appointed to fill an open seat in July 2014. He was elected to a full
four-year term in November of that year, and served as board president
The board will discuss at an upcoming meeting a process for filling
Board review leads to new procedures for small facilities
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
Please visit our District News section to read more.
Board opposes U.S. education secretary nominee
The City School District of Albany Board of Education joined a growing
national movement against U.S. education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos
on Jan. 30 with
a resolution opposing her appointment.
The resolution called on the U.S. Senate
Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to vote no when it
considered DeVos’ appointment Jan. 31.
Calling public education a
“fundamental civil right” in the United States, Board President Sue
Adler said the nation should not put its educational leadership “into
the hands of a person who not only lacks the qualifications to fill the
critical post for which she has been nominated, but who also has waged a
personal war against public education.”
Both the Senate
committee and the full Senate ultimately approved DeVos' appointment.
The board and district
also reaffirmed a steadfast commitment to serving every student and
family in the Albany community.
Please visit our District News section to read more, including ways
you can help support all of Albany's students.
2017 board officers selected; members sworn in
The City School District of Albany Board of Education on Jan. 3 selected
Sue Adler its president.
Elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2013, Adler served as board vice
president in 2015 and 2016. Her term as president runs through Dec. 31.
The board also selected Anne Savage as vice president and Vickie Smith
as secretary. Savage was elected in 2014 and served as secretary in 2016. Smith is a first-time board officer; she won re-election in
Also on Jan. 3, Smith and new board member Sridar Chittur, Ph.D., were sworn in.
Both were elected in November to serve four-year terms.
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
BoardDocs.com. There, you can find agendas, meeting minutes and
BoardDocs includes materials beginning in October 2015. Follow the links
below for older board documents and
Running for 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
Two board terms expire at the end of 2017 and both seats are up for
election on Nov. 7. Each seat
carries a four-year term that begins in January 2018 and ends in
December 2021. City of Albany residents interested in running for the
board must file petitions with 250 qualified signatures. You can
download a petition
here or pick up one from the board clerk in the district's
headquarters at 1 Academy Park. The first day for signing nominating
petitions is July 11. Completed petitions can be filed Aug. 15-22 at the Albany County Board of Elections at 32 North Russell
If you are interested in running for the board, please follow these links for additional information for prospective board
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.
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.
to read the board's mission, vision and values statement.
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.