2019-20 Board Members
- Matthew Nolin, President – email@example.com
- Mark Pascale – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Margaret Giller, Vice President – email@example.com
- Helen Annely – firstname.lastname@example.org
- Richard Jackson – email@example.com
Susan Dion – firstname.lastname@example.org
Nadia Carey – email@example.com
- Johanna Maloney, District Clerk – firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Board
A seven-member Board of Education, elected by residents of the Cohoes City School District for three-year terms, is responsible for policies and regulations governing public education in the district. Each member serves without pay. The superintendent of schools is the chief executive officer of the board.
Board meetings are open to the public and are typically scheduled for the first and third Wednesday of the month. Special meetings are called when necessary. All meetings are held in the Cohoes Middle School Library at 6 p.m.
Our Mission & Vision
The mission of the district, a partnership of schools, parents and the community, is to prepare its students for success in tomorrow’s world.
The vision of the Cohoes City School District is 2,000 Empowered Learners!
2019-20 Board meeting dates, agendas, and minutes
- July 2 Business Meeting Minutes
- July 2 Reorganization Meeting Minutes
- July 31 Minutes
- August 14 Minutes
- August 28 Minutes
- September 11 Minutes
- September 25 Minutes
- October 9 Minutes
- October 23 Minutes
- November 6 Minutes
- November 20 Minutes
- December 11 Minutes
- January 8 Minutes
- January 22 Minutes
- January 29 Minutes – Capital Project Workshop
- February 12 Minutes
- February 26 Minutes
- March 11 Minutes
- March 24 – Executive Session Only via videoconference, 4:30 p.m.
- April 1 – Executive Session Only via videoconference, 6 p.m.
- April 8 Minutes | April 8 Meeting Video | April 8 Meeting Transcript
- April 22 Minutes | April 22 Meeting Video | April 22 Meeting Transcript | April 22 Budget Presentation
- May 6 Minutes | May 6 Meeting Video | May 6 Budget Presentation
- May 20 Minutes | May 20 Meeting Video | May 20 Budget Presentation
- May 27 Minutes | May 27 Meeting Video | May 27 Presentation
- June 3 Agenda | Watch the livestream
- June 17
Members’ Roles and Responsibilities
Cohoes City School District Board of Education members are volunteers elected to serve a three-year term of office at no pay.
Under state law, school board members must be qualified voters, at least 18 years old, and have lived in the school district for at least one year. They cannot be a school employee, cannot reside in the same household as another school board member and must be able to read and write English.
Collectively the Board of Education has legal responsibility for the operation of the entire district. The Board establishes the policies under which the school district is operated, and the Superintendent of Schools is responsible for administering the school program within the context of these policies.
The Board’s powers and duties are derived from the State Constitution, the laws of New York State, and rulings of the State Commissioner of Education. The Board’s four main areas of responsibility are to:
- Establish all school district policies.
- Develop an annual budget for public approval.
- Approve or disapprove the Superintendent’s recommendations regarding personnel matters and the many contracts the district must enter into.
- Act as a two-way communications link between residents and the Superintendent.
The Board encourages parents and residents who have a concern about school matters to try first to resolve the problem at the level most directly involved, which is usually the classroom teacher or the principal. If a satisfactory solution cannot be reached at this level, contact Superintendent of Schools Jennifer Spring, Ed.D.
If the matter can only be resolved by a change in district policy or some other action of the Board of Education, residents are welcome to communicate their concerns to the Board by letter, phone call, or a statement under “Questions and Statements from Audience” at one of the Board’s meetings.
New board members must complete mandatory training pursuant to New York State law within the first year of service. The training is divided into four three-hour sessions, and certificates are issued upon completion.