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Lancaster School Board President Honored in Statewide Campaign

FOR RELEASE:   March 17, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Marie MacKay, president of the Lancaster Central School District Board of Education, has been honored as School Board Member of the Week as part of an eight-week campaign celebrating school board service by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

The campaign – entitled “Do You Know Who I Am?” – tells the story of individual school board members such as MacKay and the contributions they make in their communities. The campaign runs through March 21.


SUNY Nanocollege and School Boards Association Partner to Recognize Innovative Educational Programs Across the State

FOR RELEASE:   March 11, 2014

CONTACTS:   David Albert, NYSSBA
(518) 783-3716 | david.albert@nyssba.org

Jerry Gretzinger, CNSE VP of Strategic
Communications and Public Relations
(518) 956-7359 | ggretzinger@albany.edu


Albany, NY – In accordance with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s vision and strategy for building a world-class nanotechnology workforce in New York, the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE) announced that nominations will be accepted for the third annual “Be the Change for Kids Innovation Awards,” which recognize educational programs that help students gain important 21st century learning and career skills.

“As Governor Cuomo continues to build upon New York’s formidable high-tech economy, one of the priorities is to build educational programs that will prepare students for a growing nanotechnology-enabled society,” said CNSE Senior Vice President and CEO Dr. Alain Kaloyeros. “SUNY CNSE is delighted to again partner with NYSSBA to recognize the outstanding efforts of school districts as they develop and deliver next-generation STEM education and training.”

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have schools from around the state participate in this innovative educational program," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. “This forward-thinking partnership with the CNSE allows us to highlight programs around the state that are setting the stage for our children’s future successes.”


Vice President, Lakeland School Board, Honored in Statewide Campaign

FOR RELEASE:   March 10, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Glen Malia, Vice President of the of the Lakeland School Board of Education, has been honored as School Board Member of the Week, part of an eight-week campaign celebrating school board service by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

The campaign – entitled “Do You Know Who I Am?” – tells the story of individual school board members such as Malia and the contributions they make in their communities. The campaign runs through March 21.


Education Leaders Gather to Discuss Common Core and State Budget

FOR RELEASE:  March 4, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: #capconf14

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Education Leaders Gather to Discuss Common Core and State Budget

Who:    Approximately 200 school board members, state education officials and elected leaders

What:   NYSSBA Capital Conference

When:  Sunday, March 9, 2014 from 3:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Where: Hilton Albany, 40 Lodge Street, Albany, NY

The New York State budget and its effect on public education have been in the headlines this year.   Topics have included school funding, Common Core, school mergers and many other key areas.

The New York State School Boards Association has gathered some of New York’s top leaders to discuss these important topics.  State Education Commissioner John King, Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and State Budget Director Robert Megna will headline this year’s NYSSBA Capital Conference. 


Onondaga School Board Member Honored in Statewide Campaign

FOR RELEASE:  March 3, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Amber Thousand, a member of the Onondaga Central School District Board of Education, has been honored as School Board Member of the Week, part of an eight-week campaign celebrating school board service by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

The campaign – entitled “Do You Know Who I Am?” – tells the story of individual school board members such as Thousand and the contributions they make in their communities. The campaign runs through March 21.

 


NYSSBA Deputy Executive Director Honored

FOR RELEASE: February 26, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Rita M. Lashway, CAE, deputy executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, has been honored with the 2013 Distinguished Member of the Year Award by The Empire State Society of Association Executives (ESSAE).

This award recognizes achievements by an ESSAE association member who has provided all-around leadership, both within his or her association and to the field at large.

"Rita is a tremendous leader. She is a visionary. In every instance of service, she reflects the highest standards of professionalism," said Penny Murphy, ESSAE president and CEO.

"All of us at NYSSBA are excited to see Rita be honored with this prestigious award," said Timothy G. Kremer, NYSSBA executive director. "Her leadership role at NYSSBA has been a great asset to ESSAE and to our organization."

Lashway has been the NYSSBA deputy executive director for 15 years.

To download a photo of Lashway go to:
http://www.nyssba.org/clientuploads/nyssba_html_email_graphics/rlashwayessae.jpg


School boards: Tax break for veterans best handled at state level

FOR RELEASE: February 24, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Nearly seven in 10 school board members (69 percent) who responded to an informal poll by the New York State School Boards Association oppose adopting a proposed “alternative veterans exemption” that would provide a new property tax exemption for some veterans but would require other local taxpayers to make up the difference.

Twenty-one percent support the exemption, while 10 percent were unsure.

“School board members strongly support our veterans, but they believe that reimbursement for the veteran’s exemption should be covered by the state rather than by other local taxpayers,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer. “The law as is presents school boards with a dilemma. If they adopt the exemption, that would increase taxes for other taxpayers in their district. If they do not adopt the exemption, they could be viewed as not being supportive of veterans.”


Amityville School Board Officer Honored in Statewide Campaign

FOR RELEASE: February 24, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Nathan King, first vice president of the Amityville Union Free School District School Board, has been honored as School Board Member of the Week as part of an eight-week campaign celebrating school board service by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

The campaign – entitled “Do You Know Who I Am?” – tells the story of individual school board members such as King and the contributions they make in their communities. The campaign runs through March 21.


Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Board Member Honored in Statewide Campaign

FOR RELEASE: February 18, 2014

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 783-3723 or (518) 527-6933 cell
On Twitter: @nyschoolboards

Deborah Schwarting, a member of the Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES board, has been honored as School Board Member of the Week, as part of an eight-week campaign celebrating school board service by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA).

The campaign – entitled “Do You Know Who I Am?” – tells the story of individual school board members such as Schwarting and the contributions they make in their communities. The campaign runs through March 21.


Adjustment to Common Core Implementation

The state Board of Regents today adopted the recommendations in the following report concerning implementation of Common Core and APPR. NYSSBA will soon be providing an analysis of these actions.

http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2014/February2014/214p12hea3.pdf


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