Board of Education
Four seek two seats in November board elections
Candidates' forums planned Oct. 22, Oct. 27
Four candidates are seeking two seats in November's City School District
of Albany Board of Education elections.
Current member Alexandra Streznewski is not
seeking a second term and will be stepping down at the end of December.
Board member Kenneth Bruce, who was appointed in July to fill the
remaining months of the term vacated when Felicia Green resigned in the
spring, is seeking election to a full four-year term. Also seeking
election are Edith Leet, Sharon Rowe and Anne Savage. Election Day is
Tuesday, Nov. 4.
All four candidates
are scheduled to participate in two community forums.
The first forum is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 22
from 6-7:30 p.m. at Stephen and Harriet Myers Middle School, located at
100 Elbel Court off Whitehall Road. The forum is
co-sponsored by several community organizations: the Albany City Council
Parent-Teacher Association (ACCPTA), the Albany Branch of the National
Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the League of
Women Voters of Albany County, the George Biddle Kelly Education
Foundation, the Capital Area Urban League, the Council of Albany
Neighborhood Associations (CANA), the Capital Area Council of Churches
and the Reform Jewish Voice of New York State.
On Monday, Oct. 27, the Montessori Community
Council (Montessori Magnet School's version of a Parent-Teacher
Association) will host a forum for the candidates at 7 p.m. at the Pine
Hills branch of the Albany Public Library, located at 517 Western Ave.
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.