What is a Board of Education?
The Board of Education establishes official policy and sets goals for the school district. Board decisions can be made only by the Board acting as a whole in a public meeting. No individual member may bind the Board to a particular course of action and as your elected representatives, Board Members insure that the school remains responsive to the needs of the community by serving as a link between school and community. In New York State, a school board member serves as a State official. The Board's powers are derived from the State Constitution, laws of New York State and rulings of the Commissioner of Education.
Each July, the Board holds its annual reorganization meeting. At this time, board members select a president, vice-president and appoint a district clerk who prepares and maintains all board records, correspondence, and minutes. The clerk is also responsible for publishing and processing all legal notices and documents. Other appointed officials who serve the Board include a treasurer and tax collector. Board committees are appointed by the Board President.