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Interested in serving on the Board of Education?

Filed in District, District News by on February 15, 2017

Each year the Board of Education election takes place on the date of the budget vote, the third Tuesday of May. This year, on May 16, voters in the Bethlehem Central School District will elect three members of the Board of Education. 

Members of the Board of Education are elected by the voters of the district to establish policy and direct the administration of our schools. Two of three current Board members have announced they will not seek re-election when their terms expire on June 30, 2017. They are Matt Downey, who is president of the Board and has served the district since 2008; and Joanne Cunningham, who was first appointed to the Board in August 2013 and was elected to serve a full, three-year term in 2014. Christine Beck, who is finishing her first term on the Board, has indicated she plans to run for a second term. The announcements were made at the February 1, 2017 Board meeting.

Eligibility & Term Information

Board members serve volunteer, three-year terms. They receive no salary or other compensation. Those elected this year will each serve terms beginning July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.

Individuals are eligible for election to the Board if they are qualified voters of the district (district resident, U.S. citizen, 18 and older) and can read and write. New York State Education Law does not limit the number of terms of office a member may serve

Board of Education Election Information

Each year the Board of Education election takes place on the date of the budget vote, the third Tuesday of May.

Members of the Board of Education are elected by the voters of the district to establish policy and direct the administration of our schools.

Individuals are eligible for election to the Board if they are qualified voters of the district (district resident, U.S. citizen, 18 and older) and can read and write. New York State Education Law does not limit the number of terms of office a member may serve. Board members serve volunteer, three-year terms. They receive no salary or other compensation.

Nominating petitions must include signatures of 52 qualified voters who reside in the district. Petitions can be picked up beginning February 27 from the District Clerk, Brittany Barrett. Ms. Barrett’s office is located in the Educational Services Center at Bethlehem Central High School, 700 Delaware Avenue, Delmar. 

Petitions must be picked up in person. They will be available beginning Monday, February 27. Completed petitions must be received by the District Clerk by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 17.