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Jamestown BOE Member, Nina Karbacka, Named to City & State Magazine's Education Power 100 List

Jamestown Board of Education member, Nina Karbacka, was named to City & State magazine’s Education Power 100 List. This is the first time City & State will celebrate the education community, debuting their Education Power 100 list in their February 17th issue ranking the top 100 most influential people in the New York Education Community. City & State editorial staff chose who was included on the Education Power 100 List. City & State will celebrate the Education Power 100 Reception on February 18th.

“We are very proud of Mrs. Karbacka being named to City & State’s Education Power 100 List,” said Jamestown Board of Education President Paul Abbott. “This is a well-deserved award for all of the hours of service she has dedicated not only to our district, but to her community. Mrs. Karbacka should be recognized as an advocate for Jamestown students, as well as an advocate for all students in New York State.

Mrs. Karbacka is the president of the New York State Small School Districts Association and has been a member of the organization for three years. She has been instrumentally involved in the NYS Small School Districts Association’s lawsuit on the inequitable distribution of education aid through the Foundation Aid formula by the State of New York. She has lobbied for equitable funding for small city schools around the state and has worked for legislation to recognize and fund the needs of small city schools.

Mrs. Karbacka is a skilled educator with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music education from SUNY Fredonia and 40 years of teaching experience, at all grade levels, in the Jamestown Public Schools.

Mrs. Karbacka is also an active community volunteer. She serves as the president of Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony, which she also founded and is on the board of the Western NY Chamber Orchestra. She has served as the president of the Board of Chautauqua Regional Youth Ballet and a member of the Retired Teachers Association, Jamestown Concert Association, Ring School PTA, and on the executive board of the Arts Council, JHS PTSA, Community Music Project, Success by Six, and the JCC Arts Community Advisory Panel. Currently, Mrs. Karbacka is teaching an Intergenerational Suzuki String Program at Lutheran.