a few words about us

Why We Exist…

…to serve the people responsible for public education, enabling them to perform effectively in their complex and challenging role.

…to speak with one voice to address issues of regional impact.

…to inform public school board members about contemporary issues affecting public education and the operation of public schools.

…to provide forums for school board members where they may learn from one another.

…to mobilize board members to effectively influence those outside the schools who also share responsibility for educating our children.

Who we serve:

Boards from school districts in four BOCES (OCM, Cayuga-Onondaga, Oswego, and Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga) comprise our membership.

Our large regional area and our many school districts make us one of the largest school boards associations in New York State.

How we operate:

Five county school boards associations exist within CNYSBA: Oswego; Onondaga-Madison; Cayuga-Onondaga; Cortland-Madison; and the Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga School Boards Associations.

Each of these organizations selects three school board members to represent them on the Board of Directors of the CNYSBA. Directors serve three-year terms.

What we offer


Board Training & Development                         

  • The School for New Board Members
    During four evenings in June, newly-elected school board members learn how to have an immediate impact on their boards. Over 400 new board members have received this training.
  • Board President Roundtables
    Board Presidents from throughout central New York have the opportunity to sharpen their leadership skills, discuss issues of common concern, and share ideas through CNYSBA programs designed specifically for board presidents.

Legislative Action


  • Legislative Breakfasts
    CNYSBA sponsors multiple legislative breakfasts in the Central New York region, enabling our members to share their concerns with the 16 NYS Senate and Assembly Members who collectively represent us.
  • Annual Lobby Day
    Once a year, hold a local lobby day to focus high level Legislative attention on our region’s common issues.
  • Statewide School Finance Consortium
    Organized and led by CNYSBA, the Consortium now consists of over 260 school districts and is leading the fight statewide for a more equitable, predictable school aid formula.

Legislative Information


  • Legislative Updates
    Provided to all board members and superintendents, these keep our members apprised of budget and political developments in Albany that affect state aid.