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School Boards Association brings its 100th Convention & Education Expo to Rochester

FOR RELEASE: October 17, 2019

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


Nearly 2,500 school board members, superintendents and educators from throughout New York State are expected to arrive in Rochester next week for the New York State School Boards Association’s 100th Annual Convention & Education Expo.

Wither football? Fewer players, smaller teams

On Board Online • October 14, 2019

By Kathleen Moore
Special Correspondent

Students are participating in fewer sports, especially football, according to the latest statewide participation figures.

Boys' overall participation is down 3% over the last four years, according to the annual participation surveys by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. The surveys also found a slight decrease in girls' participation on sports te

Bob Schneider tapped to become NYSSBA's next executive director

On Board Online • October 14, 2019

By Eric D. Randall

NYSSBA's Board of Directors has announced that it will promote Robert S. Schneider, currently associate executive director and chief operating officer, to become executive director on Jan. 1. He will succeed Timothy G. Kremer, who will retire at the end of this year after 21 years leading NYSSBA.

Schneider, 57, said some of his priorities will be:

  • Building a strong relationship with the next state commissioner of education.
  • Ensuring that school boards always feel that they are receiving a great deal of value for their dues, including forms of information, advocacy (including legal advocacy), training and policy guidance that cannot be obtained elsewhere.
  • Being future-oriented, anticipating challenges and ensuring that NYSSBA is "ahead of the curve" in providing resources that school districts will need to achieve their goals, including those involving student achievement.

Make shift happen

On Board Online • October 14, 2019

Timothy G. Kremer
NYSSBA Executive Director

I still have a couple of months before I retire, but my remaining duties just got a whole lot easier. As you read on the front page of this issue of On Board, NYSSBA's Board of Directors has selected Bob Schneider as our next executive director. Bob and I have worked together for 20 years, so he is intimately familiar with NYSSBA's mission, processes, structure, staffing, capacity and potential. For all of us, this should be the smoothest transition ever.

Bob has worked mostly behind the scenes at NYSSBA to handle financial and operational matters. Some of you have met him at NYSSBA events, but many haven't. That's okay. I remember being "Tim Who?" for quite a while after I moved to New York from Ohio 21 years ago. Trust has to be earned, and I feel as if it took me a long time to gain the confidence of the NYSSBA board, staff and statewide membership.

Districts may seek APPR variances

On Board Online • October 14, 2019

By Cathy Woodruff
Senior Writer

The State Education Department is creating a process that will enable school districts to seek variances from some regulatory restraints of New York's teacher and principal evaluation system.

In a nutshell, districts will be able to ask for permission to use approaches that are not strictly in line with regulatory language.

Students find publisher slow to fix math workbook error on Columbus

On Board Online • October 14, 2019

By Pauline Liu
Special Correspondent

Last year, third graders in the Oneonta City School District attracted national attention for waging a protest over an error involving Christopher Columbus in their math workbook, which is used around the world.

A question on page 52 of the third grade Math in Focus workbook - part of the famous Singapore Math series - has a question that refers to the year that "Christopher Columbus landed in America."

Districts must be reimbursed for health services to non-resident, nonpublic pre-K students

On Board Online • October 14, 2019

By Shubh N. McTague
Staff Counsel

If a student who lives in a given school district (the district of residence) attends a nonpublic school in another school district (the district of location), the district of location must provide health and welfare services such as administration of medicine. However, the district of location can seek reimbursement for the costs of such services from the district of residence.

Until recently it was not clear whether the provision of health and welfare services to pre-kindergarten students are included in reimbursable costs.

Majority of school board members favor starting high school later

FOR RELEASE: October 1, 2019

CONTACT: Al Marlin
(518) 527-6933 cell


Nearly six in 10 school board members recently polled by the New York State School Boards Association think the high school instructional day in their districts should begin later to accommodate teenagers’ natural sleep cycles. They also acknowledge there would be logistical challenges in doing so.

Advocacy Update: 2019 Voting Delegates' Guide

September 27, 2019

NYSSBA Annual Business Meeting
Saturday, October 26th - 8:00 am
Convention Center, Grand Lilac Ballroom, 1st Floor Ballroom

Below you will find a link to the 2019 Voting Delegates' Guide for the Annual Business Meeting. This guide contains the report of the Resolutions Committee as well as amendments and rebuttals received by the September 20 deadline.

Senate to Hold Meetings on Foundation Aid

September 25, 2019

Senate to Hold Meetings on Foundation Aid

The Senate Majority has announced that the Senate Education Committee and the Senate Committee on Budget and Revenues will hold a series of roundtables and a public hearing on Foundation Aid. Specifically, these events are to hear from stakeholders regarding the factors used to calculate and distribute Foundation Aid. Senator Shelley Mayer, Chair of the Senate Education Committee, will lead these hearings in partnership with Senator Brian Benjamin, Chair of the Senate Committee on Budget and Revenues.

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