Board Candidates’ Qualifications and Expectations
In order to qualify to run for a seat on the BH-BL Board of Education, state law requires you meet the following criteria:
- Must be able to read and write
- Must be a qualified voter of the district:
- You are a citizen of the United States
- You are at least 18 years of age
- You are not adjudged by a Court to be mentally incompetent
- You are not a convicted felon (Election Law 2012, Section 5-106)
- Must be and have been a resident of the BH-BL Central School District for a continuous and uninterrupted period of at least one year immediately before the election.
- Must live in the BH-BL Central School District.
- Cannot be employed by the BH-BL district or live in the same household with a family member who is also a member of the same school board.
All BH-BL school board members serve at large for no pay. The candidates who receive the highest number of votes on school budget day will be elected to three-year terms of office.
The seven members of the BH-BL board attend meetings in the evenings twice a month during the school year, plus some additional evenings (particularly during budget season) and typically once a month 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.
Are you interested in running for the board?
If you are interested in running for the BH-BL Board of Education, qualified residents (see above) may pick up candidate nominating petitions from the Communications Office located in the District Office/Hostetter Leadership Center at BH-BL HIgh School, 88 Lakehill Road, on regular business days between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Additionally, the district’s annual budget newsletter includes information about board candidates–full name, brief biography, a photo, and a position statement. In order to ensure this information is included in the newsletter we provide candidates with a Board Candidacy Packet that includes a biography form for candidates to complete, information about how to submit a photo for the budget newsletter or how to arrange for one to be taken by a district employee, and samples of previous candidates’ position statements. Candidates are asked to submit a 300-word position statement that highlights why they want to run for the BH-BL Board of Education. The statements and photos must be submitted in electronic format to the District’s Communications Specialist Tara Mitchell.
Residents with additional questions about running for the board are welcome to call or email Tara Mitchell at 399-9141, ext. 85041 .