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Board of Education

The Bethlehem Central Board of Education is composed of seven members who serve three-year terms. Click here to read more about our BOE members. Members are elected by the voters in the district to establish policy and direct the administration of our schools. As your representatives, the Board exercises the community’s rights to citizen control over public education. Every Board of Education in the State of New York has legal and financial control over local school matters, subject only to limitations imposed by the United States Constitution, federal law, state law, regulations of the Commissioner of Education and, of course, the will of local residents as expressed in local elections.

Contact the Board of Education

To contact the Board of Education, address correspondence to the District Office at 700 Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY 12054. Or you may call the superintendent’s office at 439-7098. The Board also has an e-mail address to which you can send your comments or concerns. Send your e-mails to boe@bethlehemschools.org.

Board of Education Meetings

Bethlehem Central Board of Education meetings are usually held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Meetings are occasionally added during the school year, particularly in February and March for budget discussions. Meetings begin at 7 p.m., at the Bethlehem Central High School Library Media Center, 700 Delaware Ave., Delmar. [unless otherwise noted]. All Board meetings are open to the public.

  • Please visit the Board of Education schedule page to see information about our next BOE meeting, including the agenda and minutes from prior meetings.
  • If a Board of Education meeting is cancelled due to inclement weather, the information will be posted on the district homepage.
  • Board of Education meetings are televised on TV-18/Bethlehem each week on Sundays at 6 p.m.

Board Meeting Agendas

Copies of the meeting agenda are available at each meeting and online as a PDF file [usually by the Monday before the meeting]. Any resident of the District may also obtain a copy of the agenda, upon request, on the Monday or Tuesday preceding a meeting by calling the Superintendent’s Office, 439-7098.

These agendas are prepared by the Superintendent and are forwarded to the Board members prior to each meeting so they can be well informed on agenda topics requiring action. Copies of the agenda are also sent, before each meeting, to officers of parent and employee organizations, representatives of the news media and to the school district’s informational desk at the Bethlehem Public Library.

Addressing the Board of Education 

From time to time, individuals may wish to address comments or concerns directly to the Board of Education. In most instances, issues involving students, parents, faculty or staff can be resolved without having to appear before the Board of Education. To ensure timely resolution of your concerns and/or questions, the district has a helpful reference guide of who to contact when an issue arises.

If you do wish to address the Board, please keep in mind that school board meetings are business meetings which are held in public. On your agenda, you will see “Recognition of VIsitors – Non-Agenda Items.” In order to allow fair and orderly expression of comment, the Board has provided this time to hear appropriate comments from anyone attending the meeting. However, the Board does not respond to questions during the course of the business meeting. 

The Board values and welcomes civil, respectful statements and clear, concise communications that inform its deliberations. The Board uses the public comment period as an opportunity to listen to citizen concerns, but will not debate issues or enter into a question-and-answer session.

It is also important that no person addressing the Board initiate charges or complaints about individual Board members or employees or students of the District. Such charges or complaints should be presented directly to the Superintendent. Speakers are encouraged to provide the Board with a written copy of their comments and other appropriate supporting documentation, but it is not required.   

How may I address the Board during a meeting?

Please adhere to the following when speaking to the Board during public session:

  • Wait to be called upon by the Board president.
  • At the microphone, please state your full name.
  • Direct your comments to the Board; do not turn and speak to the audience.
  • Keep your comments as concise as possible.
  • Speakers are expected to treat others with respect, confining their remarks to School District issues.
  • Do not use the public speaking portions of Board meetings to make personal statements about any individual or engage in any commentary that is slanderous or abusive. The Board president may rule any speaker out of order who makes such statements.

Executive Sessions

In addition to its regular meetings, it is sometimes necessary for the Board to hold executive sessions. These sessions may precede or follow regular meetings and are for the discussion of sensitive subjects such as personnel matters and employee contract negotiations. All official actions, however, must and do take place at public meetings.