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Board of Education

(click here for a schedule of 2017 board meetings)

Paula Tibbitts, board clerk

1 Academy Park

Albany, NY 12207

518-475-6015

 

Special board meeting May 22

The City School District of Albany Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. on May 22 at Academy Park to discuss routine consent items.

 

NYSSBBA recognizes board members

for continuing education

The New York State School Boards Association presented certificates of achievement to five City School District of Albany Board of Education members May 18, recognizing them for completing ongoing educational training through NYSSBA's "School Board U" Program.

 

Board President Sue Adler, Vice President Anne Savage, Secretary Vickie Smith and board members Jennifer Lange and Ellen Roach each received NYSSBA's Board Ach

ievement Award. Adler also recieved the Board Excellence Award after completing additional levels of training.

 

NYSSBA's awards signify the completion of advancing levels of educational programming specifically designed for school board members. These activities include the New Member Academy, Board Officers Academy, the NYSSBA annual convention, legal conferences, regional workshops and district-level improvement programs.

 

The board members recognized May 18 are pictured (L-R) with Interim Superintendent Kimberly Young Wilkins, Ed.D. (third from left) -- Lange, Savage, Roach, Adler and Smith.

 

"I know that every member of our school board cares deeply about every child in our community," Dr. Wilkins said. "I know how dedicated they all are to the important responsibilities that are entrusted to them. I know how badly they want every child in our community to succeed.

 

"Being a school board member sometimes is a thankless task. I am proud to have this opportunity to let all of our board members know how much we value the commitment they have made to our community -- and to continuous improvement in their critical leadership role."

 

Bruce resigns from board

City School District of Albany Board of Education member Kenneth M. Bruce resigned May 4, effective immediately.

 

Bruce had been a board member since he was appointed to fill an open seat in July 2014. He was elected to a full four-year term in November of that year, and served as board president in 2016. The board will discuss at an upcoming meeting a process for filling Bruce’s seat.

 

Board review leads to new procedures for small facilities projects

The City School District of Albany is putting in place additional procedures for evaluation and implementation of small facilities projects following an independent audit of a classroom renovation.

 

The audit determined that the district inadvertently classified a theater classroom project at Albany High School’s Abrookin Career and Technical Center as routine maintenance rather than a formal capital project. The project involved the upgrade of an unused classroom at Abrookin into instructional space. The project began in June 2015 and was completed in early 2016. Please visit our District News section to read more.

 

Board opposes U.S. education secretary nominee

The City School District of Albany Board of Education joined a growing national movement against U.S. education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos on Jan. 30 with a resolution opposing her appointment. The resolution called on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to vote no when it considered DeVos’ appointment Jan. 31.

 

Calling public education a “fundamental civil right” in the United States, Board President Sue Adler said the nation should not put its educational leadership “into the hands of a person who not only lacks the qualifications to fill the critical post for which she has been nominated, but who also has waged a personal war against public education.” Both the Senate committee and the full Senate ultimately approved DeVos' appointment.

 

The board and district also reaffirmed a steadfast commitment to serving every student and family in the Albany community. Please visit our District News section to read more, including ways you can help support all of Albany's students.

 

2017 board officers selected; members sworn in

The City School District of Albany Board of Education on Jan. 3 selected Sue Adler its president.

 

Elected in 2011 and re-elected in 2013, Adler served as board vice president in 2015 and 2016. Her term as president runs through Dec. 31.

 

The board also selected Anne Savage as vice president and Vickie Smith as secretary. Savage was elected in 2014 and served as secretary in 2016. Smith is a first-time board officer; she won re-election in 2016. Also on Jan. 3, Smith and new board member Sridar Chittur, Ph.D., were sworn in. Both were elected in November to serve four-year terms.

   

Board documents available through new web portal

Documents related to the City School District of Albany Board of Education can be accessed by clicking the link to BoardDocs.com. There, you can find agendas, meeting minutes and more.

 

BoardDocs includes materials beginning in October 2015. Follow the links below for older board documents and information:

 

Running for 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.

 

Two board terms expire at the end of 2017 and both seats are up for election on Nov. 7. Each seat carries a four-year term that begins in January 2018 and ends in December 2021. City of Albany residents interested in running for the board must file petitions with 250 qualified signatures. You can download a petition here or pick up one from the board clerk in the district's headquarters at 1 Academy Park. The first day for signing nominating petitions is July 11. Completed petitions can be filed Aug. 15-22 at the Albany County Board of Elections at 32 North Russell Road, Albany.

 

If you are interested in running for the board, please follow these links for additional information for prospective board candidates:

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.

 

About the board

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.

 

Click here to read the board's mission, vision and values statement.

 

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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