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Board of Education

(click here for a schedule of 2018 board meetings)

Sierra Sturdivant, board clerk

1 Academy Park

Albany, NY 12207



Savage elected president for 2018-19

The City School District of Albany Board of Education has elected Anne Savage to serve as president in 2018-19.


The board elected Savage unanimously at its July 2 meeting. Savage, who served as vice president for the previous year and a half, is the board’s longest-tenured member. She was first elected in November 2014.


The board also elected Vickie Smith to serve as vice president in 2018-19. Smith served as board secretary for the previous year and a half. The board also elected Jennifer Lange to serve as secretary; it is Lange’s first appointment as a board officer.


New board member Damarise Alexander-Mann took the oath of office Monday to begin her one-year term. Alexander-Mann was elected in May to fill the remaining year of the term Kenny Bruce vacated when he resigned from the board in May 2017.


Board members Ellen Roach and Tabetha Wilson also began new four-year terms Monday. Both were elected in May along with Alexander-Mann.


Voters choose Roach, Wilson and Alexander-Mann

The community elected three Board of Education members in the City School District of Albany’s first May board vote.


Four people ran for three seats May 15: incumbents Ellen Roach and Tabetha Wilson, newcomer Damarise Alexander-Mann and former board member Kenneth M. Bruce. Bruce ran again after resigning from the board in May 2017.


Roach received 2,320 votes and was elected to a second term. Wilson, who was appointed to the board in September 2017 to fill the seat vacated by Bruce's resignation, received 2,290 votes. Alexander-Mann received 2,136 votes. Bruce received 1,203 votes. Roach and Wilson will serve full four-year terms; Alexander-Mann will serve one year to complete the term that opened with Bruce's May 2017 resignation. All will begin their terms July 1.


Board President Sue Adler did not seek re-election; her term expired June 30.


The state moved the district's board elections from November to May last summer to align Albany with the vast majority of public school districts statewide, which annually hold their board elections and budget vote together on the third Tuesday in May.


Board documents available through BoardDocs portal

You can find documents related to the City School District of Albany Board of Education by clicking the link to There, you can find agendas, meeting minutes and more.


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


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 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 and vision 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.


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 law does not limit the number of terms a board member serves. If you are interested in running for the board, please follow these links for additional information for prospective board candidates. You also can contact the board clerk for more information at (518) 475-6015.



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