Running for the Board of Education
- Petitions for nominating candidates for the office of member of board of education must be filed with the clerk of the district by Monday, April 20, 2020.
- Vacancies on the Board of Education are not considered specific offices.
Candidates run at large.
- Nominating petitions must be signed by qualified voters of the district, shall state the name and residence of each signer and the name and residence address of the candidate.
- Nominating petitions with information about disclosure of expenditures by board candidates are available to be picked up from the district clerk’s office Room 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on days when school is in session.
Board Candidate Eligibility Requirements
- Must be able to read and write.
- Must be a qualified voter of the district. A member does not necessarily have to be a taxpayer, but must be a district resident for a period of at least one year prior to the election.
- No more than one member of an immediate family may serve as a member of the board of education at one time.
- May not be a current employee of the school district.
- May not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office.
- May not have been removed from any school district office within the preceding year.
Requirements for all Newly Elected Board of Education Members
For any school board of education member appointed to a term beginning on or after July 1, 2005, New York State now requires you to complete, within one year, at least six hours of training in your financial oversight, accountability, and fiduciary responsibilities.
The training curriculum must be approved by the commissioner of education in consultation with the comptroller. The commissioner also must approve training providers. There are five approved workshops totaling six hours being offered by the New York State School Boards’ Association. The areas covered are:
- School District Finances: Roles and Responsibilities
- Revenue Sources and the Budget Process
- Building School District Fiscal Fitness
- Monitoring District Fiscal Fitness
- Preventing Fraud, Waste, and Abuse of District Resources.
In addition, every school board member elected or appointed for a first term beginning on or after July 1, 2011, must complete within one year, training in Essentials for School Board Governance. The areas covered are:
- The boards’ role in student achievement
- The dynamics of the board-superintendent relationship
- How policy is developed and used by the board
- Key legal parameters such as the Open Meetings Law
- How data is used by school boards in decision making