Easy to Read School Aid Run - Plus Details

Access an excel spreadsheet allowing users to create an easier way to read School Aid run for any district passed on the state budget passed by the Legislature this week.

Statement on the 2021-22 State Budget for Education

Read NYS Council of School Superintendents Executive Director Chuck Dedrick's statement on the 2021-22 State Budget for Education.

Nominations Open for 2022 New York State Superintendent of the Year Award

Nominate a deserving superintendent by May 21, 2021. Modified applications are due by June 15th. Read this article for additional deadlines.

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April 20, 2021

Session 2: Women's Initiative Spring Series

Join us for the second of four virtual sessions this spring for The Council's Women's Initiative. This session titled "Negotiating with Sue 2.0" will dive more deeply into specific skills women need to enhance their negotiation skills. Using participant information on issues, concerns, and questions on how to negotiate shared prior to the session via ThoughtExchange, participants will be able to role play specific negotiation situations and be coached on effective language and strategies.
April 27, 2021

Equity in Education: From Discussion To Action

Earlier this year, ThoughtExchange hosted two regional equity roundtables in New York. They heard from hundreds of educational leaders about the need to move from discussion to action.  Based on the data collected in those roundtable discussions and the research of Dr. Dennis Carpenter, former Superintendent and now Director of Education Operations at ThoughtExchange, ThoughtExchange is partnering with NYSCOSS to talk about putting equity into action in New York public schools.
April 28 - May 5, 2021

A Systems-Level Approach To Schooling Loss

What do superintendents need to be thinking about to prepare for the fall? District leaders face systems-level challenges due to the pandemic. This interactive workshop led by Education Elements will introduce an approach to schooling loss by focusing on the whole-school systems that need to be addressed.
May 4, 2021

Session 3: Women's Initiative Spring Series

Join us for the third of four virtual sessions this spring for The Council's Women's Initiative. This session is titled "The Ins and Outs of Capital Projects." Sooner or later, every school district needs to undertake a capital project. This presentation will give participants an overview of the process from start to finish, leaving ample time for a conversation and questions. Like much of what a superintendent does each day, capital projects are multi-faceted, requiring focused planning, informed prioritization, great communication both internally and externally, and an understanding of how to finance them.
May 6, 2021

Financial Leadership Series: Understanding Section 105

Section 105 Health Reimbursement Plans are gaining popularity across the state. Sometimes known as HRA's (Health Reimbursement Accounts), a Section 105 plan is an IRS-regulated health benefit that allows for the tax-free reimbursement of medical and insurance expenses, as described under Section 105 of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC). What exactly does that mean, and how can they be designed to give the Superintendent the maximum benefits and flexibility that the plan offers? This information webinar will go over an explanation of the plans, how they work, and the steps that need to be taken to implement them within your district.
May 11, 2021

Session 4: Women's Initiative Spring Series

Join us for the final virtual sessions of this springs Women's Initiative Series. This session is titled "From Pantsuits to Dance Parties: A Journey to Authentic Leadership" and will help registrants learn strategies to cultivate your self-knowledge, learn how to develop great teams by identifying each member's "authentic self" - understand how your core values provide a structure for being your true self - understand how being an authentic leader promotes organizational success and overall well-being. Join us for an engaging and uplifting conversation that is sure to be an opportunity for both personal and professional reflection and growth. By sharing "our story", we hope to inspire others and honor those who have encouraged us to be our authentic selves.

Important Dates to Remember

Find out what’s due when and get resources to help you succeed.
todayDeadline Date
Property Tax Report Card Deadline
Deadline for school districts to submit Property Tax Report Card data to State Education Department—creates practical deadline for boards of education to adopt budget proposals.
Statewide Budget Vote Date
Independent school districts will conduct budget votes and board elections. For complete timeline, see pages 38-39 here.
todayNominations Due
New York State Superintendent of the Year Nominations
Nominate a superintendent member for the 2022 award.
Learn how here.  
Statewide Budget Revote Date
School districts which do not gain budget approval from voters in May can attempt second votes. For complete timeline, see pages 38-39 here.
todayModified Applications Due
New York State Superintendent of the Year Applications Due
Modified applications due for the 2022 award process. 
Learn about details here.  
todayFinal Application Due
New York State Superintendent of the Year Application Due
Final application due for the 2022 award process. 
Learn about process and next steps here.  

For New Superintendents

We offer specific support to new superintendents tailored to making their transition to the superintendency as successful as possible:

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Explore the benefits of membership by joining the New York State Council of School Superintendents.

Member Spotlight

Roberto Padilla, Ed.D.

Newburgh Enlarged City School District

Find him in the Online Community

2021 NYS Superintendent of the Year:

Learn why Roberto was selected here.


We exist for one reason only - to help our members succeed on behalf of the children and communities they serve. One way we pursue that goal is through advocacy - for, with, and by our members.

View resources to help advocate for your school district and community.
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Which Legislators Represent Your School District in 2021?

December 7, 2020

Final races to determine the 2021 membership of the State Senate and Assembly have been resolved. Review our updated crosswalk of school districts and the legislators who represent them.

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2021 Fall Leadership Summit 

Saratoga Hilton & Saratoga Springs City Center
Saratoga Springs, NY 

September 26-28, 2021

Hear from experts in the fields of leadership and education while strengthening connections with educational organizations,
state leaders, strategic partners, and each other to navigate the challenges to better the lives of students.

More information and registration details coming soon!

Councilgram: Connecting the School Leadership Community

Featured in this Issue:

  • AASA Elects New York Superintendent as President-Elect!
  • COVID-19 Vaccinations and the Law.
  • Reflections on a District's Journey with an Equity Challenge.

Job Board


  • Superintendent of Schools

    Orchard Park Central School District
    Orchard Park, NY

  • Superintendent of Schools

    Cazenovia Central School District
    Cazenovia, NY

  • Superintendent of Schools

    Frontier Central School District
    Frontier, NY

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