Board of Education
(click here for a schedule of
2015 board meetings)
Three new members elected to board
Jennifer Lange, Ellen Roach and Vickie Smith are set to join the City
School District of Albany Board of Education after winning the top three
spots in this year's election.
Eight candidates sought three open seats in the Nov. 3 vote. In
unofficial results, Lange received the most votes (4,160) followed by
Roach (3,891) and Smith (3,691). The Albany County Board of Elections
tallied absenttee ballots Nov. 10 and Nov. 12. While those counts were
not immediately available for the board election, they were not expected
to change the outcome of the race.
As the top vote-getter, Lange will serve a full four-year term,
taking the place of Ginnie Farrell, who chose not to seek re-election.
Lange will begin her term in January.
Roach will fill the final two years of the term vacated when C. Anthony
Owens resigned last summer, and Smith will fill the final year of the
seat vacated when Dan Egan resigned last winter. Roach and Smith will
join the board as soon as the election results are final. The board's
next meeting is Thursday, Nov. 19 at Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy
beginning at 7 p.m.
Board documents available through new web portal
Starting in October 2015, documents related to the City School District
of Albany Board of Education can be accessed by
clicking here. This includes agendas, meeting minutes and weekly
Click on the highlighted text 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
election -- the 2015 election will be Nov. 3. City of Albany residents interested in running for the board
must file petitions with 250 qualified signatures. The 2015 petitioning
period closed Tuesday, Aug.
If you are interested in running for the board in the future, 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.