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Information to Run for the Board of Education

Thank you for your interest in running for a seat on the Onteora Board of Education.  The petition should be returned to the Office of the District Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m., Monday, April 20, 2020, and shall be reviewed to determine that you have signatures of at least 25 qualified voters of the District.  

What all prospective school board members should know (from the NYS School Board Association)

To qualify for membership on a school board you:

  • Must be able to read and write.
  • Must be a qualified voter of the district; that is, a citizen of the United States, at least 18 years of age or older, and not adjudged to be an incompetent  (Note: a convicted felon is barred from running for a seat on a school board if his or her maximum prison sentence has not expired or if he or she has not been pardoned or discharged from parole)
  • Must be and have been a resident (but need not be a taxpayer) of the district for a continuous and uninterrupted period of at least one year immediately before the election
  • May not have been removed from any school district office within the preceding year (§ 2103(2)).
  • May not reside with another member of the same school board as a member of the same
  • May not be a current employee of the school district
  • May not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office

If you meet the qualifications above, and if the petition is in order, your name shall be placed on the ballot for the election, which is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19, 2020. Petition forms may be picked up at the Onteora Administrative Offices, 4166 Route 28, Boiceville, New York, from the District Clerk between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each business day or downloaded: Download Petition 

Names are placed on the ballot in accordance with a drawing by lot.  This drawing will take place in the District Administrative Office at 10:00 a.m., on Tuesday, April 21, 2020. It is not necessary for you to be present.

Please note: Expenditure Statements Must be Filed

  • If campaign expenditures or contributions do not exceed five hundred dollars, one sworn statement needs to be filed with the District Clerk 
  • If campaign expenditures or contributions exceed five hundred dollars ($500), it will be necessary for candidates seeking election to the Board of Education to file three (3) sworn campaign expenditure statements with the District Clerk also with the Commissioner of Education, in accordance with the Education Law.

Download Expenditure Statements 

Voting at Large for Three (3) vacancies to be filled, for Three (3) Board Seats for terms as follows:

·        July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2023

 Candidates must have one (1) year residence in the school district at the time of the election.  The Annual Meeting and Election will be held on Tuesday, May 19, 2020