Two of the seven seats on the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Board of Education will be up for election on May 21 this year, and both incumbents — Will Farmer and Lee-Ann Mertzlufft — have announced that they intend to seek re-election.
Other BH-BL residents interested in running for the school board can pick up a petition form from Christopher Abdoo, Clerk of the Board, at the district business office in the Hostetter Building, 50 Cypress Drive, Glenville, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.
The petition must be filed along with the signatures of at least 45 district voters by 5:00 pm on Monday, April 22.
Farmer resides on Kelly Meadow Road in Burnt Hills. He was first elected to the school board in May 2010, and is completing his first three-year on the board.
Mertzlufft of Magnolia Lane, Burnt Hills, was also first elected to the board in May 2010. She is currently the board vice president and completing her first three-year term on the board. Both candidates have children in the school district.
State law requires that school board candidates be age 18 or older, registered to vote in the district, a Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake district resident for at least one year immediately prior to the May vote, able to read and write, not a district employee, and not residing in the same household as another board member.
All BH-BL school board members serve at large for no pay. The two candidates who receive the highest number of votes on May 21 will be elected to three-year terms of office.
The seven members of the BH-BL board attend meetings on the majority of Tuesday evenings during the school year, plus some additional evenings (particularly during budget season) and some Tuesdays in the summer.
They also attend training sessions held by the NYS School Board Association, liaise with the various BH-BL PTAs, and volunteer to work on other initiatives and with other groups as needed throughout the year.
More information about all candidates will be available once the deadline for nominating petitions has past.
Residents with questions about running for the Board are also welcome to call Communications Specialist Christy Multer at 399-9141, ext. 85017.