BALLSTON SPA – Members of the Ballston Spa Central School District Board of Education voted unanimously to re-elect Kevin Schaefer and Susan Filburn as president and vice-president, respectively, for the 2016-17 school year. The vote took place at the annual reorganization meeting held Wednesday, July 6.
The reorganization meeting is held each year to swear in newly elected board members, the board clerk and the district superintendent. Board members elect the president and vice president and approve agreements for professional services for the district at the annual meeting.
This is Schaefer’s third year as president and Filburn’s second year as vice president.
Schaefer said his goals for the coming school year are “the same as in previous years: to ensure the district delivers education in a quality manner, with diverse classes, and to develop a budget that is reasonable and acceptable for taxpayers.”
According to the board bylaws the duties of the president include coordinating the board’s meeting schedule, setting the agenda for meetings, presiding over board meetings, performing duties that are incidental to the office of president such as acting as chief fiscal officer or legal agent of the board, appointing members to board committees, serving as a member by right of office to all board committees and acting as the board’s public spokesperson on matters of fact.
In the absence of the president, the vice president is responsible for all of the functions of the president and is vested with all of the president’s powers. Both the president and vice president are responsible for ensuring an orderly transition from one school year to the next and providing for the orientation of new board members.
Prior to being re-elected as vice president, Filburn was sworn in for her second term as a board member after being reelected by voters in May. Board member Dottie Sellers was also sworn in for her first full term. She was appointed earlier this year to fill a vacancy.
Board members are elected for three-year terms.
Superintendent Dr. Joseph Dragone and clerk of the board, Brian Sirianni, were officially sworn in for the 2016-17 school year at the meeting.