Rockefeller Institute of Government Study on Foundation Aid
Locations and Dates for the Public Hearings 






July 16, 2024


New York City

High School of Fashion Industries, 225 W 24th St, New York, NY 10011

Dr. Corey Reynolds, Member Board of Directors NYSASCSD
Superintendent, New Rochelle CSD

July 25, 2024


Western New York

North Park Community School, 780 Parkside Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14216

Nina Karbacka, Immediate Past President NYSASCSD
Member BOE, Jamestown CSD

Mark Laurrie, Member Board of Directors NYSASCSD
Superintendent, Niagara Falls CSD

July 30, 2024


Long Island

Weldon E. Howitt Middle School, 50 Vancott Ave, Farmingdale, NY 11735

Dr. Maria Rianna, Member Board of Directors NYSASCSD
Superintendent, Glen Cove CSD

August 8, 2024


Central New York

Laurens Central School, 55 Main St, Laurens, NY 13796

Robert Breidenstein Executive Director NYSASCSD

Dr. Tonia Thompson, Vovr President, NYSASCSD
Superintendent Binghamton CSD,

August 14, 2024


Capital Region

Guilderland High School, 8 School Road, Guilderland Center, NY 12085

Jay LeBrun, Member Board of Directors NYSASCSD
Superintendent, Plattsburgh CSD

*** For all hearings, invited stakeholder testimony will begin at 2:00 p.m. and public comment for registered speakers will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Celebrating Small City Successes

June 3, 2024 The Desmond Hotel Albany, NY

Many thanks to this year's conference sponsors:

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Jake Goldsmith | Vice President Northeast Region
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Contact: Brendan Tobolski, Co-Founder & CEO

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Buffalo, NY 14224


Contact: Bre Oswald, Manager, Education Partnerships New York


NYS Association of Small City School Districts
Breakfast Seminar At the Council of School Superintendent’s 2024 Winter Institute

March 4, 2024 at 7:30 am
Speaker: Dr. Bruce Baker,Professor and Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning, University of Miami.

What Is A Small City School District? Small city school districts are defined in New York State Law as the school districts of each city which, according to the latest federal census, has fewer than one 125,000 inhabitants.  There are currently 57 small city school districts in New York State.Small city school districts serve nearly a quarter of a million children and employ more than 20,000 teachers and staff.  These districts have approximately twice the student enrollment than the average district in the state and, collectively, they serve communities totaling more than 1.5 million residents.  As a result, small city school districts have many of the same demographic characteristics as the five large city school districts in New York State.  These characteristics include higher percentages of disadvantaged students, limited English proficient students, dropouts and students with special educational needs.  Small city school districts are also typically characterized by higher percentages of families living on incomes below 200% of the poverty level, minority children, unemployment and single parent families.The New York State Association of Small City School Districts (NYSASCSD) was organized in 1985, and incorporated in 1986, by a group of concerned superintendents and board members.  NYSASCSD is a not-for-profit Association comprised of small city school districts each represented by its superintendent and board of education.Small city school district superintendents and board members who are members of the Association have traditionally looked at issues from a small city’s perspective with particular focus on the children and parents living and working in our urban settings.  Small city school districts continually strive to develop fiscally responsible and developmentally appropriate education programs for all their students.