Qualifications and Election to the Board of Education
North Syracuse Central School District Board of Education members are
elected by the public at the Annual Budget Election in May of each year. There are three seats per year that are open.
Incumbents whose terms expire, must also
run for re-election if they wish to remain on the Board of Education. Below are
the qualifications for running for the Board of Education. Please remember that members of the Board of
Education are not paid to
serve and receive no compensation
of any kind for serving as a Board of Education member.
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).
Seeking Election to the Board
February 1st of each year, the District Clerk has Nominating
Petition Packets available to all qualified and interested individuals. Individuals and incumbents seeking
re-election are required to submit nominating petitions containing at least 2%
of the number of voters who voted in the previous annual election of the
members boards (May of the previous year’s election vote total.). Individuals and incumbents seeking
re-election wishing to run will also have to submit a photograph and biography
to the District Clerk by April 1st. Forms and deadlines are included in the
Nominating Petition Packets. To request
a packet, please contact Connie Gibson, District Clerk, at 218-2131.
Board of Education Duties and
Board of Education meetings are held at least twice per month and
typically more frequently prior to the adoption of the annual District budget
in May each year. Additionally, Board
members are asked to serve on various Board committees and interview teams. The Board of Education is a demanding office
carried on in the public eye, using public funds. The board is primarily a policy-making body
and must delegate administration to school staff. The Board has the responsibility for the
entire district, not just one school, age group or philosophy of
instruction. They must meet a range of
responsibilities assigned by the New York State Constitution, Education Law and
other statutes. Decision making is the
responsibility of the entire board collectively, not by individual board