About the Board

About the Board & Board Meetings

Sherburne-Earlville is committed to students. By providing an environment of educational excellence which emphasizes the learning of academic and life skills, nurtures self-respect, and fosters life-long learning, we enable our students to pursue challenging individual goals and to become positive, contributing members of society.

Welcome to the Board Meeting!
Sherburne-Earlville Board of Education welcomes residents, staff members, students, and other interested persons to its meetings. We appreciate your interest in, and concern for, our schools.

School Board meetings are usually held on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Elementary Library Classroom.

At the Board table are the Superintendent of Schools, the Assistant Superintendent for Business, and the District Clerk.

Copies of the agenda, which outline the order of business, are available to the public at each meeting and on our web site at secsd.org. The agenda is also distributed to Board members in advance of the meeting date to allow time for study and review of information.

1 – Call to Order
2 – Executive Session
3 – Public Question & Answer Period
4 – Approval of Minutes
5 – Approval of Treasurer’s Report
6 – Correspondence
7 – Consent Agenda
8 – Discussion/Action Items
9 – Public Question & Answer Period
10 – Adjournment

The Board encourages public participation at Board meetings. Persons wishing to speak should identify themselves and any organization they may be representing at the meeting. Comments must be limited to five minutes and should relate to school matters. The Board does not generally respond immediately to issues raised, but will direct the administration to research the matter.

The Board meets in executive session to discuss personnel matters, labor negotiations, and other matters that are confidential, as defined by the Open Meeting Law of the State of New York. Executive sessions may only be held by resolution at a regularly scheduled and advertised open meeting. All executive sessions are closed to the public and no official action may be taken unless permitted by law.

The Sherburne-Earlville Board of Education is the elected policy-making body of the school district. Our Board consists of seven members who serve without pay. The term of office is three years (July 1 – June 30), with one or more positions elected at the annual election each year.

The Board of Education is responsible for establishing the quality of education in the District. It serves as a liaison between the school and the community. The Board of Education:

Defines the philosophy of the District.
Establishes the policies for the operation of the District.
Recruits and hires the Superintendent.
Sets goals and objectives to achieve educational progress.
Evaluates the effectiveness of district programs and services.
Adopts and monitors a budget consistent with educational needs and
community resources.
Communicates the needs and progress of the District to the community,
educational governing boards, and legislators.
Acts on recommendations set forth by the Superintendent regarding
financial, personnel/operational, and curriculum items.


The Superintendent of Schools serves as Chief Executive Officer of the District, providing educational leadership to the Board of Education, staff, students, and community. Responsibilities include supervising the operation of the schools, the instructional program, and management of district personnel. The Superintendent also advises the Board on the needs and programs of the school and is responsible for the administration of all policies adopted by the Board.
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