Principles of Operation
Niskayuna Central School District Board of Education
The members of the Board of Education agree to interact with one another with
respect and consideration. Negative words, gestures, inflections will be avoided
when the board is engaged in debates of differing points of view.
The Board of Education realizes that the board as a whole has authority
and that individual members do not.
The Board of Education represents the entire Niskayuna school community
and not any one group of people. Board members will encourage community members
to present their questions, concerns or comments to the Superintendent of
Schools, district employees, or the board as whole rather than individual
members of the Board of Education.
The Board of Education will focus on planning, policy-making and communication.
The management of the district and the schools will be the focus of the
Superintendent of Schools and the administration.
The Board of Education acknowledges that meetings are for conducting
business, making decisions and action; not infinite discussion and debate. Once
a decision has been made the members of the board agree to move on to other
issues regardless of the vote of an individual member.
The Board of Education agrees to speak to issues on the agenda and to
attend to the business of the board. Board members should ask either the
Superintendent or Board President to place items on an agenda and endeavor not
to allow comments or questions from the audience to impede the agenda at hand.
Executive Session Confidentiality
The Board of Education recognizes that confidentiality is a key
component of board membership and is essential to the development of a
productive and cohesive board. Board members acknowledge the legal requirements
regarding topics discussed in executive session and the sensitive nature of the
duties of school district governance.
Student and Taxpayer Equity
The Board of Education's first priority will be to ensure that all
children of the Niskayuna Central School District receive a world class
education. The Board will balance the cost of school programs with what the
community can afford to provide.