Board Candidacy Deadline, May 11
The Governor’s most recent executive order waived the minimum signature threshold for board of education candidates and states that candidates must meet all of the other requirements to run for the board. These include, among other things, being qualified voters and having lived in the district continuously for one year prior to the election. The order also explains that petitions are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 11. If you are interested in running for the board, please contact Tara Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org, to obtain a board candidacy packet and board petition.
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.