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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

 

Facilities Committee meeting March 1

The City School District of Albany Facilities Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1 at Academy Park.

 

Board meeting Feb. 9 to discuss superintendent search

The City School District of Albany Board of Education will meet Thursday, Feb. 9 to meet with the consultants leading the district's superintendent search. The meeting will be held at Academy Park beginning at 5:30 p.m. No other district business will be discussed. 

 

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 calls on the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to vote no when it considers 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.”

 

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.

 

New 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, and she succeeds Kenneth M. Bruce as president.

 

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 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 2016 and both seats are up for election on Nov. 8. Each seat carries a four-year term that begins in January 2017 and ends in December 2020. 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 12. Completed petitions can be filed Aug. 16-23 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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