Board of Education
board member sworn in to fill vacant seat
City School District of Albany Board of Education appointed Kenneth
M. Bruce on July 17 to fill the remaining five months of a board term vacated when
Felicia Green resigned this spring.
At right, Bruce
(left) takes the Oath of Office from Bernard Bryan, president of the
Albany chapter of the NAACP.
Bruce was among eight candidates who
expressed interest at the board’s June 19 meeting.
The position Bruce
filled temporarily is one of two seats up for election in November. Board
member Alexandra Streznewski’s term also is ending this year and
she is not seeking re-election. Four candidates, including Bruce, are
running for the two open seats.The other candidates are Edith Leet,
Sharon Rowe and Anne Savage. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4.
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.