Requires a school district superintendent to be a resident of the state.
Ayes (51): Addabbo, Ball, Bonacic, Boyle, Breslin, Carlucci, DeFrancisco, Diaz, Dilan, Espaillat, Farley, Felder, Flanagan, Gallivan, Gianaris, Golden, Griffo, Grisanti, Hannon, Hoylman, Kennedy, Klein, Krueger, Lanza, Larkin, LaValle, Libous, Little, Marchione, Martins, Maziarz, Nozzolio, O'Brien, O'Mara, Peralta, Perkins, Ranzenhofer, Ritchie, Robach, Sampson, Sanders, Savino, Serrano, Seward, Skelos, Smith, Squadron, Stewart-Cousins, Valesky, Young, Zeldin
Nays (10): Avella, Gipson, Hassell-Thomps, Latimer, Marcellino, Montgomery, Parker, Rivera, Stavisky, Tkaczyk
TITLE OF BILL: An act to amend the education law, in relation to establishing residency requirements for school district superintendents
PURPOSE OF BILL: This bill requires School District Superintendents to be residents of the State.
SUMMARY OF PROVISIONS: Section 1 amends the Education Law by adding a new section 1526-a to establishes residency requirements for District Superintendents and to provide that the requirement may be waived for good cause shown for a period of one year following a Superintendent's initial employment. It further provides for residency requirements to be included in the contract for employment and a failure to comply shall void such contract.
Section 2 makes the act take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become law.
JUSTIFICATION: School District Superintendents should be held to the same standards as our Federal, State and local elected officials, School Board Members, and BOCES District superintendents who represent our communities. Due to a quirk in the existing law they're not required to live within their school district, let alone the same county or even New York State. We need to change this.
School District Superintendents are leaders in our local community. They make recommendations to their School Boards and execute policies that affect hundreds of employees and thousands of taxpayers. They should pay the same taxes and be subject to the policies that they impose on those they represent.
This bill only requires that a School District Superintendent live within the boundaries of New York State, a requirement that is both fair and reasonable.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: S.3964 - Passed Senate
FISCAL IMPLICATIONS: None to the State.
EFFECTIVE DATE: This law shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it is passed.
STATE OF NEW YORK ________________________________________________________________________ 967 2013-2014 Regular Sessions IN SENATE (PREFILED) January 9, 2013 ___________Introduced by Sen. LIBOUS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee on Education AN ACT to amend the education law, in relation to establishing residency requirements for school district superintendents THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND ASSEM- BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS: Section 1. The education law is amended by adding a new section 1526-a to read as follows: S 1526-A. DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT; RESIDENCY. EVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT SHALL BE A RESIDENT OF THE STATE. PROVIDED, HOWEVER, THAT THE RESIDENCY REQUIREMENT OF THIS SECTION MAY BE WAIVED FOR GOOD CAUSE SHOWN FOR A PERIOD OF ONE YEAR FOLLOWING A SUPERINTENDENT'S INITIAL EMPLOYMENT BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT. SUCH WAIVER SHALL ONLY BE GRANTED UPON APPLICATION TO AND UPON THE WRITTEN CONSENT OF THE COMMIS- SIONER. PROVIDED, FURTHER, THAT EVERY NEW AND RENEWAL CONTRACT FOR THE EMPLOYMENT OF A SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT SHALL INCLUDE THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION AND A PROVISION THAT THE FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION SHALL VOID SUCH CONTRACT. S 2. This act shall take effect on the first of July next succeeding the date on which it shall have become a law and shall apply to school district superintendents commencing employment or renewing their employ- ment contracts on or after such date.EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets [ ] is old law to be omitted. LBD05266-01-3