Qualifications for Membership on the School Board

  • must be able to read and write
  • must be a qualified voter of the district; that is, a citizen of the US, at least 18 years of age or older, and not adjudged to be an incompetent (A convicted felon is barred from running for a seat on a board of education if his or her maximum prison sentence has not expired or if he or she has not been pardoned or discharged from parole (Elec. Law §5-106(2)).)
  • must be and have been a resident (but not necessarily taxpayer) of the district for a continuous and uninterrupted period of at least one year
  • may not have been removed from any school district office within the preceding year
  • may not reside with another member of the same school board as a member of the same family
  • may not be a current employee of the school board
  • may not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office

Source: 30th Edition School Law, p. 26

Additional information can be found on the New York State School Boards Association website (www.nyssba.org), including the following guides for candidates:

We urge you to attend Board of Education meetings to familiarize yourself with the work of the Board of Education.

Anyone interested in running for the Board of Education should contact Liisa Elsner, District Clerk at 238-7200 x1002 to obtain a petition. The deadline for filing the petition is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2020.