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Board of Education

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About the Board

The Warwick Valley Central School District Board of Education is the official policy-making body of the school district. It establishes operational policies, sets educational goals and standards, evaluates program effectiveness, develops the annual school budget and balances educational needs with community resources.

Board Meetings

The Board of Education typically holds meetings twice per month at 7 p.m. Until further notice, Board of Education meetings will be held remotely. This is in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12 Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings. The Warwick Valley Central School District Board of Education meetings are held remotely via Google Meet. A live stream of each meeting will be broadcast, and a link to the stream will be provided on this website on the day of each meeting.      

Executive Sessions

In addition to its regular meetings, it is sometimes necessary for the board to hold executive sessions. These sessions may precede or follow regular meetings and are for the discussion of sensitive subjects such as personnel matters and employee contract negotiations. All official actions, however, must and do take place at public meetings.

Responsibilities of a Board Member

The board of education is a uniquely American institution. It keeps the country’s public schools flexible and responsive to the needs of their local communities. A member of a board of education in New York State takes on one of the most important responsibilities that can be assigned to any citizen: helping to plan the education of the community’s youth.

The board focuses on the district’s ENDS (vision, goals and policy) while the superintendent (as CEO) focuses on the district’s MEANS (objectives, plans, actions, recommendations.) In other words, the board oversees the education of students and is responsible for school district operations, but does not directly run the district’s day-to-day operations.

According to the New York State School Board Association (NYSSBA), board members must fulfill certain duties to the institution and the community they serve.

Major Board Responsibilities

  • Set the district’s direction by working with the community to establishing goals, standards and strategies to transform a shared vision into reality;
  • Ensure alignment of strategy, resources, policies, programs and processes with district goals;
  • Assess and account for progress using comprehensive data, thorough deliberation and open communication; and
  • Continuously improve the district, accentuating and reinforcing the positive and correcting the negative.

Major Board Roles

  • Represent the entire community;
  • Be a steward of the district’s resources;
  • Act as a leader of the district; and
  • Advocate for public education.