|Board Vice President
Rosemarie Jaquith Perez
At the Board of Education reorganizational meeting on July 7, Patricia
Lanotte was re-elected president and Rosemarie Perez Jaquith was elected vice
president, as the Board looks to build on the progress of the last year with a
continued unequivocal focus on students and learning.
Also at the meeting, new Board members David Koes and Howard Schlossberg were sworn-in to the three-year terms on the Board to which they were elected in May.
Lanotte said that the changes initiated over the last year provide a strong foundation for the district to enter the future. Beginning with John Yagielski's arrival as interim superintendent in the spring of 2014, the district underwent an organizational restructuring, created a budget from scratch, strengthened its fiscal position, and selected former New York State Deputy Education Commissioner
Dr. Cosimo Tangorra, Jr. as superintendent after an extensive search.
"This is an exciting time in the district," Lanotte said. "As a Board, we have a renewed sense of purpose and cohesiveness as a governing body. We have an experienced, dynamic leader in Dr. Tangorra. Even more, we know that it's what takes place in the classroom - the work of our outstanding teachers and our students - that matters above all else. Our task now is to create and refine a vision for the future of the district. This begins with continuing to put our students first and providing strong support for our teachers and staff."
"We will also strive to enhance existing partnerships, forge new ones, and engage our community to identify new ways of approaching programs and operations to benefit our students," Lanotte added.
In the coming year, priority areas will include strategic planning, goal-setting, and reviewing and revising polices that support a forward-looking academic vision.
After a period of great change in the district, Board officers are focused on thoughtful, decision-making that results in sustainable progress.
"I look forward to working with my fellow board members and Dr. Tangorra as we continue to develop world class educational opportunities for our students," Jaquith said. "This includes supporting the work of our dedicated teachers and staff and the aspirations of our students, in every possible way."
The Board's work will also be informed in a collaborative manner, including through a close look at the recommendations of the Transparency Work Group and the anticipated addition of a non-voting student representative to the Board.
Lanotte and Jaquith emphasized that maintaining and furthering academic excellence has always been a community undertaking in Niskayuna.
"By harnessing the great resource that is our bright, talented and committed community, we can accomplish anything," said Jaquith.
Front row, from left: Rosemarie Perez Jaquith, Patricia Lanotte and Debra
Back row, from left: Howard Schlossberg, Kevin Laurilliard, David Koes and David Apkarian