Governor's signature finalizes May school board elections
N.Y. (July 10, 2017) -- City School District of Albany Board of
Education elections will move from November to May, in
sync with nearly
every other school district in New York, under new legislation Gov.
Andrew Cuomo signed July 10.
The bill, which passed the Senate and Assembly
last month, shifts 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.
"On behalf of the Albany Board of Education, our entire school district
and the children and families we serve, we are grateful to our elected
leaders for acknowledging the positive impact that May board elections
will have for our community,” Adler said.
"We now will have the
opportunity to align our governance cycle with our academic and fiscal
year like nearly every other school district in our state."
The board voted last fall to ask state lawmakers
to approve the shift. The board reasoned that May board elections
better align with school
district operations, which follow a July 1-June 30 calendar, and allow
new board members to serve for more than half a school year before
making critical decisions affecting the district’s annual budget and
academic, social-emotional and extracurricular programs.
Board elections in May also allow new board members to participate in
legally required training before going through the budget-development
process for the first time.
The petitioning period for the May 2018 election will begin in January.
Three board seats will be available.