Board of Education
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 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.
In addition to our regular meetings, the Board of Education also operates several committees which help guide the work of our district. Members of the public are welcome to attend any and all of these committee meetings.
The City School District of Albany Board of Education is made up of seven Albany citizens. Board members are elected to four-year terms and receive no salary or other compensation. The school board election is typically held on the third Tuesday of May along with the school budget vote. However, in light of the statewide closures due to COVID-19, Governor Cuomo has directed that school budget votes and board elections will be held by absentee ballot, with votes due by June 9.
Please check our Board of Education news section for more information about this year's board election.
To be eligible to run for election to the board, a candidate must be a qualified voter who lives in the school district, a U.S. citizen, be at least 18 years old, and be able to read and write.
Prospective candidates must submit nominating petitions to the district clerk. Petitions must include signatures from at least 100 qualified voters who reside in the district. However, this year, in alignment with the governor's directives related to COVID-19, only the signature of the interested candidate is required. Signed petitions must be received by the district clerk by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 11. The district clerk is located at 1 Academy Park, Albany NY 12207. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Blank petitions can be downloaded here or can be picked up from the clerk's office.
More information about serving on the board, and about board elections is available from the New York State School Boards Association.
Prospective candidates should also be aware of the requirements for filing expenditure statements (NYS Education Law, Article 32).