At its Feb. 7 meeting the BH-BL Board of Education held a second vote on the Veterans’ Tax Exemption to include the entire board. The exemption passed, 5 to 2, and is scheduled to go into effect for the 2017-18 school year. [MORE]
In the 2017-18 school year, three seats on the current board will be open for re-election. If you are interested in running for the board, please contact Tara Mitchell to pick up a Board Candidacy Packet which includes a petition, a biographical worksheet, and other important information. The packet can be picked up at the District Office/Communications Office, O'Rourke Middle School, 173 Lakehill Road. Petitions are due to the district office/Tara Mitchell no later than 5 p.m. Monday, April 17. However, petitions and biographical information (and a photo) are welcomed early.
The Board of Education is composed of seven-members who serve three-year terms. Members are elected by residents in the community to establish policy and direct the administration of the district's schools.
As your representatives, the board exercises the community's rights to citizen control over public education. Every Board of Education in the State of New York has legal and financial control over local school matters, subject only to limitations imposed by the United States Constitution, Federal Law, State Law, regulations of the Commissioner of Education, and, of course, the will of local residents as expressed in local elections. Learn more about Board roles and responsibilities.
The BH-BL Board of Education typically holds meetings twice a month at 7 p.m. The year's board meeting schedule can be found here. All meeting dates are also listed on the districtwide calendar, as well as on the online calendar on our homepage.
If you are looking for the agenda for the next Board of Education meeting, it is usually available the Friday preceding the Tuesday meeting. If you are looking for minutes from previous year meetings, see the Archived Minutes link above.
Residents are welcome to address the Board during "Privilege of the Floor," which occurs early in the agenda at regular Board meetings. Please use the clipboard near the door entrance to sign up for this so that the Board president will know to call on you. Please limit your comments to five minutes.
In 2014, BH-BL began using an online program--BoardDocs--to create and share board meeting agendas. This program allows for better efficiency and offers a more user-friendly format by providing different viewing options and better organization of supporting documents. To access BoardDocs simply go to the Board of Education webpage and select "agendas" on the navigation bar on the right.