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Running for the School Board

Running for the School Board

Please contact the District Clerk, Erin McMullen, for a Board Candidate Packet, which will have all forms necessary to run.
607-648-7543 Option 2

School board candidates must be at least 18 years old, qualified voters in the school district and able to read and write. They must be residents of their districts continuously for one year before the election. They cannot be employed by the board on which they serve or live in the same household with a family member who is also a member of the same school board.
With limited exceptions, school board members serve three-, four- or five-year terms. Terms are staggered so all board positions are never open at the same time. By state law, school board and budget elections, in all districts except Albany and the Big 5, must be held on the third Tuesday in May.
Please consider attending a free ZOOM virtual public workshop on March 18, 2021 at 7 PM offered through Broome-Tioga BOCES for prospective board members. Contact the district clerk with any questions or for reservations for the virtual public workshop at 648-7543 or [email protected]

Nominating Petition

What is the deadline for filing nominating petitions?  Nominating petitions for central, union free and common school districts are due by 5 p.m. April 19, 2021.

Procedures for filing petitions for vacancies: Candidates must submit a nominating petition to the school district clerk. The petition must be signed by at least 25 qualified district voters. The petition must include the candidate’s name and residence, the vacancy in question, the incumbent’s (if any) name, the residences of the persons who signed the petition and the length of the term of office for which the candidate is being nominated.

Candidate Expenditure and Reimbursement Statements

State law requires all candidates for election to a board of education to file a sworn statement with the district clerk disclosing their campaign expenses. If expenditures made by the candidate or by others on the candidate’s behalf exceed $500, a statement also should be filed with the commissioner of education. Expenditures of not more than $25 may be made without the candidate’s permission if the donor or donors file a sworn statement with the clerk and the commissioner stating that the candidate did not approve the expenditure.
When must candidates file such statements?  Based upon an election date of May 18, the dates for these filings are as follows:
  • April 19
  • May 13
  • June 7
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