Board of Education
North Colonie Board of Education
A local Board of Education is an agency of New York State that is governed by State law and the regulations of the Commissioner of Education. The North Colonie Board is composed of nine members who serve five year terms. The North Colonie Central School District’s Board of Education establishes policy, has the fiscal responsibility to provide a budget and directly hires the superintendent of schools. As your elected representatives, the Board exercises the community’s rights of citizen control over public education.
Monthly formal voting meetings are held on the third or fourth Monday of each month at 7:15 p.m. The location alternates among each of our eight schools. Board members are available to informally speak to residents 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. There is also a “Visitors’ Statement” period available in the beginning of each meeting. Comments should not exceed three to four minutes and should directly relate to school matters. The Board recognizes its responsibility to hear public comments and therefore encourages the public to attend these board meetings.
Members of the Board of Education
- Linda Harrison, President
- Paula D’Orazio, Vice-President
- Michelle Dischiavo
- David Gaynor
- Pennie Grinnell
- Mary Nardolillo
- Sandy Pangburn
- Avideh Sadaghiani
- Ron Von Dell
North Colonie’s Board conducts two types of meetings, formal business voting meetings once per month and committee study meetings as needed. During the formal business meeting, the Board officially votes on particular items on the agenda. During committee meetings, the Board receives information and discusses the issue; however, no formal action is taken.
The Board also meets in “executive session” to discuss personnel matters, labor negotiations and other items that are sensitive or confidential as defined by the Open Meeting Laws of NYS. Executive sessions are closed to the public; however, any formal action on the passage of any resolution must be taken in open public monthly meetings. These executive sessions may precede or follow regular board meetings.