Board of Education
The Board of Education is an agency of the State of New York and is charged with governing the School District, not with day-to-day administration. Within the powers delegated by law, the Board is the policy-making, or legislative branch of the School District. The Superintendent of Schools is the executive officer charged with responsibility for administering the schools within Board policy.
The Board of Education is responsible for the general supervision of the schools. Although its members may not act individually, collectively they are responsible for all things done in the District. The Board exercises this responsibility by proper organization, delegation, and direction through policies adopted.
The Saratoga Springs City School District’s Board of Education is composed of nine unsalaried citizens elected to serve overlapping terms of three years each. At the end of a term, a board member wishing to continue public service must be re-elected to another term. New York State Law does not limit the number of terms a member may serve. Saratoga Springs City School District invites community members to run for the Board of Education. Each year, there are three Board of Education vacancies for three-year terms.
The Board of Education Policy Manual provides the district’s board of education policies, regulations, and related documents in a fully searchable, easy-to-use format. The policies of the Board of Education are reviewed periodically and some policies are required by New York State law to be reviewed annually. Questions related to policies may be directed to the Superintendent’s Office by calling 518-583-4708.
Board of Education meetings traditionally take place on the second and fourth Thursday of the month starting at 7:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted. The schedule of regular meetings is established and published prior to the beginning of each school year. Copies of the meeting date calendar are available at the MacFadden Administration Building.
Most meetings are held at the Saratoga Springs High School. The six elementary schools and the middle school each host one meeting during the school year. By conducting meetings in various locations within the district, the board encourages citizens to attend and become more involved in their schools.
Board meetings begin at 7 p.m. and are chaired by the president of the Board of Education or, if absent, the vice president. The superintendent of schools joins the board members at the meeting table. Central office administrators are also in attendance at board meetings.
The District invites school community members to run for the Board of Education. Each year, there are three Board of Education vacancies for three-year terms. The election is held on the same day as the annual budget vote and petition information is available from the business office.