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Media Backgrounder: Facts about School Board Elections 2018

Here are some quick facts on school board elections:

  • With few exceptions, school districts across the state hold school board elections and school budget votes on the third Tuesday of May.
  • The size of a school board generally ranges between three and nine members.
  • With limited exceptions, school board members serve three, four or five-year terms.

View a regional breakdown of board elections based on a NYSSBA survey of 671 school districts. A total of 610 districts responded – a rate of 91 percent.

Call to Action: Pressure Continues to Shift Impact Aid to Education Savings Accounts

May 7, 2018

Congressional momentum continues to grow around a proposal that would convert the Impact Aid program for use to fund educational savings accounts. Impact aid provides direct funding to school districts that have large amounts of nontaxable federal land. This federal aid stream helps fill the gap in property tax revenues. If adopted, this change would take the money out of school districts and instead fund education savings accounts for families of federally connected children to attend the school of their choice.

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Avon Central School District Board Member Welch named NYSSBA’s Champion for Change

FOR RELEASE: May 4, 2018



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



Avon Central School District Board Member Julie Welch is the 2018 recipient of the New York State School Boards Association Champion for Change Award. 

The Champion for Change Award is presented to an individual who is serving in their first five years as a school board member and demonstrates leadership by enhancing educational opportunities for all students.

In walkout #2, students call on lawmakers

On Board Online • May 7, 2018

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

Putting to rest a host of worries that preceded a second national school walkout on April 20, most New York school districts found ways for their students to speak their minds without sparking the disciplinary nightmares or student safety risks that some had envisioned.

The length of the walkouts varied, and it's not clear how many followed the national organizer's vision for an event that would begin at 10 a.m. and last all day.

State tests remain controversial

On Board Online • May 7, 2018

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

It has been another spring of controversy for New York's math and English language arts testing program for students in grades 3-8.

Amid steps to trim testing time and other measures state education officials had hoped would ease concerns about the exams, technical glitches disrupted administration of computerized tests in some places. At the same time, state lawmakers began weighing proposals to permanently abandon the use of state test results in teacher and principal evaluations.

Hearing the community's voice

On Board Online • May 7, 2018

William Miller
NYSSBA President

Although finding money for new initiatives is always difficult, this budget season your school board may be proposing spending more money on school safety.

In response to school shootings, most recently in Florida and Maryland, this year we are seeing many districts around the state enhancing security measures. In fact, school districts from Cornwall to Plattsburgh, from Cato-Meridian to Hadley-Luzerne are planning to upgrade security and safety. The addition of school resource officers, in particular, seems to be prevalent. Chenango Valley, for example, plans on putting police officers in all its schools.

What is right for your school district? School resource officers, video surveillance cameras, metal detectors, hall monitors, ID cards or changes to the physical school building (entrances, exits, windows, etc.)?

Senate power balance unchanged after special election

On Board Online • May 7, 2018

By Julie M. Marlette
Director of Governmental Relations

Special elections held for state legislative seats on April 24 proved a bit anti-climactic. Hours before the polls closed, Sen. Simcha Felder, a Democrat, issued a statement indicating that, regardless of the election results, he would continue to caucus with the Republicans for the remainder of the session.

That meant Republicans would maintain control of the Senate, no matter what.

What superintendent candidates look for in a board of education

On Board Online • May 7, 2018

By William Silky

When school boards search for a superintendent, they develop a list of characteristics of what they seek in a candidate. But it's a two-way street. Before your board seeks its next superintendent, it should consider what kind of boards are most appealing to superintendent candidates.

School Administrator magazine recently tackled this subject in an article entitled "What Candidates Look for in a Board.

When tenured educators break the rules, one-third of districts don't seek discipline

On Board Online • May 7, 2018

By Paul Heiser
Senior Research Analyst

More than one-third of school districts and BOCES that consider disciplining a tenured employee choose not to file disciplinary charges, according to the results of the latest in a series of periodic surveys conducted by NYSSBA.

Asked why, school officials in these districts said they thought the process was "too expensive" (20 percent) and/or "too cumbersome" (14 percent).

Mineola, Coxsackie-Athens seen on vanguard of digital education

On Board Online • May 7, 2018

By Alan Wechsler
Special Correspondent

At the Mineola Public Schools on Long Island, everyone gets an iPad. Even kindergarteners.

"I have pre-K kids who understand coding," says Diane Nodell, a library specialist at Mineola's Hampton Street School. "We're beginning to start earlier and earlier, they're grasping it so fast. It's never too early to find their passion."

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