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New York School Board Recognition Week: October 27-31

Oct. 27, 2014—Local control of education through elected school boards is an American tradition that stems back to the original 13 colonies. While school boards are small and local, they represent one of the most important commitments citizens can make to their community — overseeing the education of its youth.

Guilderland Central School District is joining public school districts across the state the week of Oct. 27 to celebrate New York School Board Recognition Week and honor local board members for their commitment to Guilderland and its children. School Board Recognition Week is a time to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our communities.

According to the National School Boards Association, school board members devote 25 hours per month on average to board business — and in New York state, board members receive no financial compensation for this dedication. During the many hours board members serve, they not only attend district board of education meetings, but also devote time to study federal, state and district regulations, stay apprised of national education issues and address district-specific matters.

School boards have a wide range of responsibilities, but because children are their ultimate focus, the end result of their main work is to raise student achievement and oversee academic standards. They do this by:

Creating a vision for what the community wants the school district to be and for making student achievement the top priority;

Establishing standards for what students will be expected to learn and be able to do;

Ensuring progress is measured to be sure the district’s goals are achieved and students are learning at expected levels;

Helping develop district budgets and presenting them to the community, as well as aligning district resources to improve achievement;

Adopting and maintaining policies that create a safe, orderly climate where students can learn and teachers can teach;

Focusing attention on the need for continuous improvement by questioning, refining and revising issues related to student achievement.

 

School board members give the citizens of Guilderland a voice in education decision-making. Even though School Board Recognition Week often leads to special efforts to show appreciation in October, board members’ commitments continue year-round.

The members serving our district and their years of service are as follows:

Barbara Fraterrigo, President (1997-present)

Allan Simpson, Vice President (2010-present)

Catherine Barber (2012-present)

Jennifer Charron (2012-present)

Christine Hayes (2012-present)

Christopher McManus (2014-present)

Colleen O'Connell (2004-present)

Judy Slack (2008-present)

Gloria Towle-Hilt (2007-present)

 

Guilderland recognized these individuals at the Oct. 21 meeting of the board by reading a special proclamation from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. In addition, books were donated in the members names to all GCSD school libraries.

 

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