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Run for the School Board

Petitions to nominate candidates for the office of member of the Board of Education are available to qualified district residents and may be picked up at the CSE Office in the Elementary School, 1738 Helderberg Trail, Berne, N.Y. between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. In order to qualify to run for a seat on the Board of Education, you must meet the following requirements:

Applicants must also meet the requirements to be a member of a Board of Education:

• Must be able to read and write (§2102).

• 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 incompetent (§§2102, 2012, 2507(7); Elec. Law §5-106(6)).
Note: a convicted felon is barred from running for a seat on a school board if his/her maximum prison sentence has not expired or if he/she has not been pardoned or discharged from parole (Elec. Law §5-106(2)-(4)).

• 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 (§§2105, 2502(7), (9)(d).

• 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 family (§2103(3).

• May not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office (Matter of Schoch & Betheil, 21 ED Dept. Rep 300 (1981).

School board elections are held each year on the third Tuesday in May. For more information, contact the BKW District Office at 872-1293.