Board of Education
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.
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.
Board selects Farrell as president for 2015
is the new president of the City School District of Albany Board of
Farrell, beginning her fourth year on the board, was selected
by her peers at the board’s Jan. 5 meeting at Albany High
School. She served as board secretary in 2014, and previously as
vice president in 2013.
Farrell succeeds Rose Brandon, Th.D., as president.
"As I begin my fourth year as a school board member and my first year as
board president the prevailing feeling I have is gratitude," Farrell
said during the meeting.
"I look forward to working with everyone in our community -- parents,
students, staff, residents and my fellow board members -- to make sure
that each of our more than 9,000 students realizes the potential that
they deserve. We have amazing students in our district and we are all so
fortunate to be working together for them. It is not an easy path, but
working together with the children and the community in our hearts, it
Also at the Jan. 5 meeting, the board selected Sue Adler as its vice
president for 2015 and C. Anthony Owens as secretary. Adler and Owens
are first-time board officers.
Board members Kennth M. Bruce and Anne Savage also were sworn in
following their election last fall.
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.
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
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.
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.