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Fred J. Langstaff of Sayville has been elected president of the Board of Directors of the New York State School Boards Association for 2020. He will be the 72nd president to take office since NYSSBA’s first recorded gathering of school board members took place in Utica in 1920.
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.
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.
The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) has named longtime finance and operations manager Robert S. Schneider of Gansevoort, Saratoga County, as the association’s next executive director, effective January 1, 2020. He will succeed Timothy G. Kremer, who will retire at the end of this year after 21 years leading NYSSBA.
Schneider brings great depth of experience to his new position, with more than 25 years in association management.
Mary Jo O’Hagan, a school board member in the Baldwin Union Free School District (USFD), has been named the winner of the New York State School Boards Association’s (NYSSBA) top award for school board service.
She will receive the 2019 Everett R. Dyer Award for Distinguished School Board Service at the Association’s Annual Convention this October in Rochester, New York.
Some 2.5 million students will head back to public schools across New York this fall amid an array of new protections approved by state lawmakers and local districts to help safeguard their health and safety.
At the state level, important new tools include the Red Flag Law, which aims to keep firearms out of the hands of dangerous people.
MaryEllen Elia took over as commissioner of education during a tumultuous time in New York’s public schools. She helped heal wounds resulting from the hurried implementation of the state’s annual teacher and principal performance review process (APPR) and Common Core learning standards.
State lawmakers took a number of significant steps during this legislative session to protect the health and safety of our students and to provide local school districts with new tools and flexibility to enhance educational programs.
At the same time, we also must note that some legislative actions taken this year are likely to impose new costs and unnecessary mandates on local school districts.
Timothy G. Kremer, Executive Director, New York State School Boards Association
Before state lawmakers leave Albany, it is imperative that they restore an important protection for school districts that was omitted from a new law providing paid time off for employees to vote.
The law, which was passed as a part of the state budget this spring, extends the paid time off employers must provide for voting to three hours, an increase from the previous two-hour maximum.
New York State voters approved 98.4% of school district budgets on Tuesday, May 21, according to an analysis by the New York State School Boards Association.
"Yesterday, communities across the state reaffirmed their support for public education by approving the vast majority of school district budgets," said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer.
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