Board of Education
members are volunteers elected to serve a three-year
term of office at no pay. Two or three of the seven
members of our board are elected each May.
state law, school board members must be registered
voters, at least 18 years old, and have lived in the
school district for at least one year. They cannot
be a school employee, cannot reside in the same household as another school board
member and must be able to read and write English.
the Board of Education has
legal responsibility for the operation of the entire
district. The Board establishes the policies under
which the school district is operated, and the
Superintendent of Schools is responsible for
administering the school program within the context
of these policies.
powers and duties are derived from the State
Constitution, the laws of New York State, and
rulings of the State Commissioner of Education. The
Board’s four main areas of responsibility are
||Establish all school
Link to Board of Education Policy Manual
||Develop an annual
budget for public approval.
disapprove the Superintendent’s
recommendations regarding personnel matters
and the many contracts the district must
||Act as a two-way
communications link between residents and
The Board encourages parents and residents who have
a concern about school matters to try first to
resolve the problem at the level most directly
involved, which is usually the classroom teacher or
the principal. If a satisfactory solution cannot be
reached at this level, contact Superintendent of
Schools Patrick McGrath.
If the matter
can only be resolved by a change in district policy
or some other action of the Board of Education,
residents are welcome to communicate their concerns
to the Board by letter, phone call, or a statement
under "Privilege of the Floor" at one of the Board’s
are kept informed about programs and activities in
the district through weekly informational packets
and various other means. Our tradition is also that
each member of the school board serves as a liaison
with one of the five school PTAs on a rotating
basis, with the board president liaising with PTA
Council. Typically the vice president is focused on
developing the new school budget and chairing the
Finance Committee rather than meeting with a PTA.
also receive extensive training through the
district's own Board Development materials and
through workshops sponsored by the
State School Boards Association. Board members
use local groups like the Capital District School
Boards Association to study topics of interest.