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State School Boards Association members elect new president, board officers for 2018

FOR RELEASE: December 20, 2017 - UPDATE

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell


Members of the New York State School Boards (NYSSBA) elected a new president and a slate of board officers to lead the Association effective Jan. 1, 2018.

William Miller of Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES was elected president of the Association’s board of directors and Fred Langstaff of Eastern Suffolk BOCES was elected 1st vice president. Peggy Zugibe of North Rockland was elected 2nd vice president and Thomas Nespeca of Monroe 1 BOCES was elected treasurer. All were elected to one-year terms


Redman elected to state School Boards Association Board of Directors

FOR RELEASE: December 20, 2017

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell


John Redman of Goshen was elected to a two-year term as Area 9 Director of the New York State School Boards Association. As Area 9 Director, Redman represents school districts in Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Sullivan and Ulster.

Since 2000, Redman has been on the Florida Union Free School District Board of Education and is now serving his sixth term.  He has served as both president and vice president of the board.

Lewis elected to state School Boards Association Board of Directors

FOR RELEASE: December 20, 2017

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell


Catherine Lewis of Schenectady was elected to a two-year term as Area 7 Director of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA). As Area 7 Director, Lewis represents school districts in Albany, Columbia, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Warren and Washington counties.

Since 2010, Lewis has served on the Schenectady City School Board of Education. 

Stewart elected to state School Boards Association Board of Directors

FOR RELEASE: December 20, 2017

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell


Russell Stewart of Deansboro was elected to a two-year term as Area 5 Director of the New York State School Boards Association.  As Area 5 Director, Stewart represents school districts in Jefferson, Herkimer, Lewis, Madison, Oswego and Oneida counties.

Since 1986, Stewart has served on the Waterville​ ​Central​ ​School District School Board. Stewart also serves on the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison​ ​Board​ ​of​ ​Cooperative​ ​Educational​ ​Services since 1998 and he currently serves on the Oneida-Madison-Herkimer​School​ ​Board​ ​Institute, where he co-chairs the Legislative​ ​Committee.

Advocacy Alert: Final Action on Many NYSSBA Supported Bills

December 20, 2017

Monday night, Governor Cuomo vetoed a number of NYSSBA supported bills. A listing of the bills is below. NYSSBA's Governmental Relations team was disappointed by these vetoes especially given their broad support. Despite being disapproved by the Executive, NYSSBA knows that these are issues of importance to our members, and will work to address the concerns raised in the veto messages and seek alternative solutions that will allow us to meet our goals.

Veto 209 (S.4283 (Murphy)/A.5965 (Galef)): This bill would  have made a technical adjustment to the property tax cap by clarifying that a school district's costs related to BOCES capital be treated in the same manner as the district's own capital costs, which are excluded from the tax cap calculation. Such an adjustment would have removed the disincentive for school districts to invest in updating and expanding BOCES facilities.

Advocacy Alert: 2018 Legislative Preview

December 15, 2017

Yesterday, the NYSSBA Governmental Relations team hosted a webinar discussing the recent election results and previewing the 2018 session and budget and legislative priorities.  

If you were unable to participate, you can view the webinar and materials below.

Advocacy Alert: Regents Release 2018-19 State Aid Proposal

December 12, 2017

On Monday, the Board of Regents released their 2018-19 School Aid proposal. The Regents recommended a school aid increase of more than $1.6 billion, or 6.3%, over current year funding levels. Their proposal includes:

  • $1.25 billion in additional Foundation Aid
    • $85 million of Foundation Aid increase would be restricted or "set-aside" within this amount, reserved for services for English language learner (ELL) students and compliance with part 154 regulations
    • Continuation of the Foundation Aid phase-in
    • A minimum level of additional Foundation Aid for all districts
  • $314 million increase for expense-based reimbursement aids (transportation, building, BOCES, etc.)
    • This represents full funding for these aid categories
  • $25 million for career and technical education (CTE)
    • This would increase the aidable salary cap on BOCES salaries over five years to $60,000
    • This would also transition non-component districts to a reimbursement for the delivery of CTE services
  • $20 million in additional aid for universal prekindergarten (UPK)

Today's teens may not distinguish between a friend and a follower

On Board Online • December 11, 2017

By Merri Rosenberg
Special Correspondent

In any generation, the social shoals of youth - especially in middle and high school - are treacherous for many students. Figuring out where one fits in the social hierarchy is a classic task and seldom an easy one, according to psychologists.

Whether a student feels popular among his or her peers no longer depends on who sits at what table in the lunchroom or what verdict peers render about one's shoes or outfit. Today, experts say, social status mostly plays out in cyberspace.

NYSSBA, allies call for $2B school aid increase $1.5B needed to maintain current programming

On Board Online • December 11, 2017

By Brian Fessler
Deputy Director of Governmental Relations

A coalition of state education groups including NYSSBA is calling for an increase in school aid of $2 billion over 2017-18 funding levels.

The Educational Conference Board, or ECB, is comprised of seven leading educational organizations representing parents, classroom teachers, school-related professionals, building administrators, superintendents and school boards.

SED creates 'pre-screening' phase for capital projects

On Board Online • December 11, 2017

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

As part of a fresh effort to speed the approval process for capital projects, the State Education Department (SED) has established a new "pre-screening" phase. The goal is to ensure that all projects are fully ready for review before they are scrutinized by SED's Office of Facilities Planning.

The procedural change is the latest in a string of efforts to permanently reduce delays that have plagued the review process for several years. The causes have included SED staff shortages and state restrictions on funding and approvals for hiring. More recently, the pipeline for approval has been crowded with projects approved in local capital project referendums and funded through the Smart Schools Bond Act.

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