The New York State School Boards Association serves as the statewide voice of more than 700 boards of education. The collective influence of some 5,000 school board members, who constitute half the elected officials in the state, enables the Association to work toward the benefit of the elementary and secondary public school system in New York State. School board members are the educational leaders of their communities; they determine policies that govern the operation of their local public school system.
The Association provides current information and advice on matters affecting school boards and cooperates with other educational and related organizations in promoting excellence in education. Consistent with our dedication to children, learning and the community, the Association provides advocacy information, leadership development and custom services to public school boards.
More Than 100 Years: A History of Commitment
Through 100+ years of assistance to school boards, the Association has succeeded in keeping its membership informed and proactive.
The Association was founded in 1896 in Utica, New York, as the New York State Association for School Boards. In 1920 it was known as the State Association of School Boards and Trustees of New York State.
By 1929 it became the Associated School Boards and Trustees of the State of New York. In 1932 this organization merged with the New York State Association of Central Rural School District Boards to form the New York State School Boards Association. Incorporation took place on December 12, 1935, and the organization's official name became the New York State School Boards Association, Inc.
The expenditure of public funds payable as dues to the Association was given a legal foundation in Education Law by the state Legislature in 1945.