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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 opening.
 
"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.”
 
At its 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.
 
City of Albany residents interested in running for the board must file petitions with 250 qualified signatures by Aug. 18; click here to download a nominating petition form. If you are interested in serving the community as a member of the school board, please contact the Board Clerk Jennifer Coon for more information at 475-6015.

 

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.

 

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 -- 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 began July 7 and all petitions must be submitted by Tuesday, Aug. 18. Click here to download a nominating petition form.

 

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.

 

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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