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Board of Education

(click here for a schedule of 2018 board meetings)

Paula Tibbitts, board clerk

1 Academy Park

Albany, NY 12207



Governor's signature finalizes May board elections

Seven board members posing in two rowsBeginning this year, City School District of Albany Board of Education elections will be in May, in sync with nearly every other school district in New York, under new legislation Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed last summer.


The bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly in June, shifted the district's board vote to the third Tuesday in May annually, at the same time as the school budget vote. That's also when nearly all other school districts in the state hold board elections. Albany's board elections have been held in November, in conjunction with the general election.


Board President Sue Adler thanked the governor for finalizing the important change, which will benefit students and families. She also credited Sen. Neil Breslin and Assemblymember Pat Fahy for their exceptional leadership in helping the bill through their respective chambers during the 2017 legislative session. (MORE)


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. 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 (518) 475-6015.


Board documents available through BoardDocs portal

Documents related to the City School District of Albany Board of Education can be accessed by clicking the link to 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:


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 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.


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