If you are interested in running for the BH-BL Board of Education, petitions were scheduled to be due no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, April 20. However, this date has been postponed and the elections have been postponed until at least June. We do not know the new date the petitions are due. Once we have guidance, we will share it.
To obtain a Board Candidacy Packet that includes the petition form, biographical information sheet, and other information please contact Communications Specialist Tara Mitchell or stop by the district office, 88 Lakehill Road, Hostetter Leadership Center, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.
MARCH 20 UPDATE:
“The New York State School Boards Association is urging candidates for their local boards of education not to go door-to-door in order to collect signatures on their petitions to get on the ballot for school board elections this May.
“At this point in time, public health is the paramount concern,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Robert S. Schneider. “All school board candidates, and especially those who are at highest risk to contract the coronavirus, would be putting themselves in harm’s way by going door-to-door collecting signatures on their petitions in the midst of a pandemic. Likewise, they would also be putting community members at risk.”
“We urge those seeking a seat on their local school board to follow the guidelines, including those for social distancing, put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and the New York State Department of Health, as well the governor’s Executive Orders,” said Schneider.”
Board of Education members are volunteers elected to serve a three-year term of office at no pay. Under state law, school board members must be registered voters, at least 18 years old, and have lived in the school district for at least one year. They cannot be a school employee, cannot reside in the same household as another school board member and must be able to read and write English.
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.
Board of Education candidates also participate in Meet-the-Candidate Night so that residents can hear from candidate and ask questions. This is event is also live streamed. This year it’s being held on Wednesday, May 13 at 7 p.m. in the HS Spartan Center (former Red Room). THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED.