The Council of School Superintendents

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The Early Years

1904 marked a significant year in the history of education in New York State. Two agencies of the state government, the State Department of Public Instruction and the Regents of the University, combined into a unified Department of Education and was headed by a Commissioner of Education.

In 1923, Erle L. Ackely of Johnstown began his 33 years as Secretary and Treasurer for the organization. He served through the Depression and World War I, and became the first officer to receive a stipend.

Under his leadership, The Council began holding three meetings per year, with the Fall meeting still holding the prime importance. From 1926 to 1932, The Council held its convention at the Lake Placid Club.

By 1957, when The Council celebrated its 75th Anniversary, the organization had grown significantly. It's primary interest remained professional standards of training and eithics. By discussing education theories and experiences, superintendents could enhance their position as experts in the field.

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