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Owens steps down from school board

City School District of Albany Board of Education member C. Anthony Owens has announced his resignation, effective July 3.

 

Owens was elected in to the board in 2013 and served as board secretary. His term expires at the end of 2017.

   

“We are grateful to Anthony for his commitment to our schools and our students and for the time he has devoted on their behalf,” said Board President Ginnie Farrell.

 

In the resignation he submitted to board members on July 3, Owens said he appreciated his experience and is honored to have served with individuals who are dedicated to improving the lives of children in the district.

 

Community forum on Albany High athletic plan

The City School District of Albany Board of Education Facilities Committee welcomed community members for a June 25 forum about the new artificial-turf athletic field planned for Albany High School.

 

About 15 residents and parents attended the forum, which included a presentation about fill materials commonly used in artificial-turf athletic fields.

 

In May, voters overwhelmingly approved a $2.5 million project that includes an artificial-turf athletic field at Albany High. The State Education Department approved the project in June, and the district and Board of Education now are researching materials, products and contractors for the project.

 

Some participants at the forum raised questions about health and safety issues related to artificial turf; others touted the benefits of the project and urged the board members present to make the new field accessible to Albany High student-athletes as soon as possible. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Board candidates present to public

Eight of the 11 community members that have expressed interest in filling a vacant seat on the City School District of Albany Board of Education presented to the community at the board's June 18 meeting.

 

You can read more about each of the candidates by following the links below.

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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