120 East First Street
Oswego, New York 13126
1000 - BY-LAWS
ORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
1110 School District and Board of Education Legal Status and Authority
The Constitution of New York State, as amended in 1894, instructs the Legislature to provide for a system of free common schools wherein all children of the State may be educated.
The State Legislature has implemented this constitutional mandate through the creation of school districts of various types. The Oswego City School District is governed by the laws set forth for Small City School Districts in Education Law Articles 51 and 53, and by laws relating to, or affecting, Central School Districts as set forth in Education Law Article 37, Union Free School Districts as set forth in Education Law Article 35, and Common School Districts as set forth in Education Law Article 33.
The Constitution of the State of
Board of Education Authority
As a body created under the Education Law of New York State, the Board of Education of the Oswego City School District has full authority, within the limitations of federal and state laws and the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education and interpretations of them, to carry out the will of the people of its District in matters of education.
In all cases where laws or regulations of the State Commissioner of Education do not provide, permit, or prohibit, the Board shall consider itself the agent responsible for establishing and appraising educational matters and activities.
Board members have no authority over school affairs as individuals. They have authority only when acting as a body duly called in session.
Education Law Sections 1604,1701,1709,1804,1805,2502,2503 and Articles 33,35,37,51 and 53
New York State Constitution