Board of Education
Voters to fill board vacancies Nov. 3
The City School District of Albany Board of Education will let voters
decide who will fill its two vacancies.
The five current
board members have decided unanimously not to appoint candidates to fill
the open seats in advance of the Nov. 3 election. The board had been
considering 11 candidates to fill the seat left open earlier this
year when Dan Egan resigned.
C. Anthony Owens’ resignation earlier this month created a second
"We had 11 strong candidates for the initial
opening,” said Board President Ginnie Farrell. “With one open seat, the
board was comfortable appointing a candidate to fill that position in
advance of the election. However, two vacant seats represents a much
larger portion of our leadership team. We look forward to working with
the new members the community elects in November.”
"We all value our community," said Rose Brandon, former board president
and the longest-serving member, "and it's vital that their voices are
heard, especially with two openings.”
July 16 meeting, the board
elected current member Kenneth M. Bruce to fill Owens’ officer
position as board secretary.
Three board seats will be contested in
the Nov. 3 election:
A four-year term, currently held by Farrell
A two-year term to fill the remainder of Owens’ term
A one-year term to fill the remainder of Egan’s term
The candidate who receives the most votes will serve a four-year term,
the candidate who receives the second-most votes will serve a two-year
term and the candidate who receives the third-most votes will serve a
one-year term. The new board members selected to fill the
two current vacancies will begin their terms immediately after the
official election results are posted.
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.