Board of Education

Board Membership

Members of the board are volunteers who are elected by members of the Boards of Education of our component school districts to serve for three-year terms. Learn about board membership and elections.

Duties and responsibilities of the board include:

  • Provide shared educational services to our component schools.
  • Conduct needs assessments and long-range planning for BOCES and component school districts.
  • Employ teachers and support staff to carry out BOCES programs.
  • Prepare an annual BOCES budget and oversee annual expenditures.
  • Set policies for the organization and plans for future growth and change.
  • Appoint BOCES district superintendents (subject to the approval of the Commissioner of Education).
  • Work closely with the Capital Region BOCES district superintendent to implement state laws and board policies and directions.

To contact the Board of Education, email boe@neric.org.

2023-24 Meeting Schedule

Meetings are generally held at 5:30 p.m. at 900 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Albany, unless otherwise noted. If you have any questions or need more information, please contact Board Clerk Mary Beth Bruno at 518-862-4920 or mary.bruno@neric.org.

  • Monday, July 17, 2023; Re-Org Meeting; Meeting begins at 6 p.m. 
  • Monday, August 21, 2023
  • Monday, Sept. 18, 2023
  • Monday, Oct. 16, 2023 (Schoharie CTE)
  • Monday, Nov. 20, 2023
  • Monday, Dec. 11, 2023
  • Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024
  • Monday, Feb. 12, 2024 (Meeting begins at 6:30 p.m.)
  • Monday, March 18, 2024
  • Wednesday, April 10, 2024; Regular meeting begins at 5 p.m.; Annual Meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. (Albany CTE)
  • Monday, May 20, 2024 (6:30 p.m.)
  • Monday, June 17, 2024 (900 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Albany)
  • Monday, July 8, 2024; Re-Org Meeting

2023-2024 Board Meeting Schedule – One-Page Printer-Friendly Version

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Board Members

John Phelan

President
Elected: 1994
Current term ends: 2026
Home district: Guilderland Central School District


Naomi Hoffman

Vice-President

Elected: 2020
Current term ends: 2026
Home district: Shenendehowa Central School District
Member of: Shenendehowa Central School District Board of Education


Brian Backus

Elected: 2021
Current term ends: 2024
Home district: Niskayuna Central School District


Nancy del Prado

Elected: 2014
Current term ends: 2026
Home district: Mohonasen Central School District


Headshot of Kevin Kutzscher

Kevin Kutzscher

Elected: 1995
Current term ends: 2025
Home district: Sharon Springs Central School District
Member of: Tech Valley High School Board of Education 


Lynne Lenhardt

Elected: 1997
Current term ends: 2024
Home district: Bethlehem Central School District
Member of: Tech Valley High School Board of Education


Cathy Lewis

Elected: 2023
Current term ends: 2026
Home district: Schenectady City School District


Heather Soroka

Elected: 2018
Current term ends: 2025 
Home district: Watervliet City School District
Member of: Watervliet City School District Board of Education


Matthew Tedeschi

Matthew Tedeschi

Elected: 2019
Current term ends: 2025
Home district: Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District 
Member of: Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District Board of Education


Bruce Tryon

Elected: 2022
Current term ends: 2025
Home district: Cobleskill-Richmondville Central School District