JPS Board of Education President Joe DiMaio Elected President of NYS Association of Small City Schools

Jamestown Public Schools’ Board of Education President, Joe DiMaio, was recently elected President of the New York State Association of Small City School Districts (NYSASCSD) for a one-year term.

“NYSASCSD is very fortunate to have Joseph DiMaio serving as its president in 2015-16,” said Bob Biggerstaff, NYS Association of Small City Schools Executive Director. “He has been an articulate, outspoken and highly respected advocate for public education, especially for children and schools in lower wealth communities. His leadership and energy are exceptional and we greatly look forward to working with Joe in the next year.”

The New York State Association of Small City School Districts was formed in 1985 and consists of Superintendents and members of the Boards of Education in the 57 small city school districts, representing approximately 240,000 students across the state. The goals of the association are:

    Advocate for the particular needs of small city school districts to effect change in state laws, regulations, and policy.
    Raise awareness of small city issues through use of the association’s specialized knowledge and members’ wealth of professional experience.
    Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas among similarly situated city school officials.
    Support small city schools in their efforts to: ensure every child is given the opportunity to receive a quality education, close the student performance gap, and become or remain a “successful school district.”

“I feel it is important to serve on this board because small cities are continually under, and inequitably, funded and it affects our students adversely,” said Mr. DiMaio. “We have the chance to make a difference in the lives of our young men and woman and we must do everything possible to make a difference.”

Some facts about small city school districts including Jamestown:

    Jamestown Schools is the 6th poorest district in New York State, yet 200 schools get more aid per pupil than we do.
    Small city school districts serve high percentages of poor students; on average 55% of the districts’ children qualify for free and reduced priced lunch based on family income.

    There are 57 small city school districts spread all across New York State, from Niagara Falls to Troy and from Ogdensburg to Long Beach.

    Small city school districts are twice the average size of other school districts and are situated in urban areas with 1.5 million residents.

    Small city school districts serve approximately twice the number of students than the “Big 4” school districts of Rochester, Syracuse, Buffalo, and Yonkers combined (in round numbers: 240,000 vs. 120,000) or two-thirds of urban students outside NYC.