Board of Education
Owens win board seats for 2014-17
City School District of
Albany Board of Education member Sue Adler won re-election Nov. 5
and newcomer Anthony Owens also was elected to fill the second seat
available. Both will be sworn in to begin their four-year terms Jan. 6.
In unofficial results, Adler received 8,332 votes, Owens received 5,946
and current board member Edith Leet received 4,810. Leet’s term expires
at the end of December.
Albany voters also approved
the district’s request to create a capital
reserve fund, or a savings account for long-term
construction and building maintenance projects.
Almost 70 percent of those voting said “yes.”
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adopts anti-testing resolution
The City School District of Albany Board of Education
has adopted a resolution calling on the New York State Education
Commissioner and the state Board of Regents "to stop the over-reliance
on standardized tests as a measure of student performance and
"While the implementation of Common Core will
ultimately help students, teachers, and teaching and learning, the
growing reliance on and misalignment of standardized testing is eroding
student learning time, narrowing the curriculum, and jeopardizing the
rich, meaningful education our students need and deserve," the
resolution read in part.
The board voted 4-2 in favor of the resolution at its
Sept. 3 meeting.
to download the full resolution.
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.
The board typically
meets twice a month, on the first and third Thursdays. The first meeting
is considered the monthly business meeting and the board considers
matters that require action at that time. The second monthly meeting is
a “roundtable discussion” of specific items.
to read the board's mission, vision and values statement, adopted in
You also can
here to review the board's committee assignments for 2012.
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.