2021 Board of Education Candidates - Information
March 8, 2021 - This morning, Governor Cuomo, signed Senate Bill 4430. Part of this Bill changed the required number of signatures for 2021 nominating petitions (for school board candidates) to be the greater of 25 or 2% of the 2019 vote. As such, candidates are now required to obtain 36 signatures.
March 5, 2021 - Currently, school board candidates must submit a nominating petition to the District Clerk signed by at least 25 qualified District voters, or 2% of the number of those who voted in the previous annual election, whichever number is greater. The current number of signatures required for nominating petitions is 180. This requirement may change by Executive Order but this has not occurred yet. Residents interested in submitting a nominating petition are encouraged to closely monitor this potential change and the District will be posting any updated information on its website. Finally, please note nominating petitions must be submitted to the District Clerk’s Office by 5:00 pm on April 19, 2021.
April 19, 2021 (5:00 pm) – Petitions and first expense report due
April 20, 2021 (9:00 am) – Drawing of Names for Ballot Order
April 20, 2021 (3:00 pm) – Photo and biography (limited to 125 words), are due electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. This information will be included in the mailer that is sent to district residents.
May 13, 2021 – Second expense report due
June 7, 2021 – Final expense report due
Erie County Association of School Boards (ECASB)
The Association serves its member boards through development activities, training, advocacy and resource materials. ECASB also works to advance the mutual objectives of other organizations dedicated to public education.
Every year, ECASB offers a free workshop for prospective school board members. In this workshop you will learn:
- The legal and human issues of school board leadership
- About the election process from school attorneys
- From a superintendent about how to make or break a board/superintendent relationship
- Valuable information and get answers to your questions
The information for this year is as follows:
Prospective School Board Member Workshop
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Program: 8:00am - 10:30am
To register for this FREE virtual workshop, please call
Erie County Association of School Boards at (716) 821-7297 or
New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA)
The New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) is the statewide voice for the interests of public boards of education. NYSSBA serves nearly 660 local school boards and boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES), which represent almost 5,000 members – nearly half the elected officials in the state.
In general school board members – who sit on local boards of education – are the educational leaders in their communities. They determine the policies that govern the operation of their local public school systems. They are elected local officials and, with few exceptions, volunteers. Collectively they guide a statewide school system that expends over $58 billion, employs nearly 520,000 people and serves nearly 2.7 million children.
NYSSBA provides information, training and advice on matters affecting school boards, and collaborates with other educational and related organizations to promote excellence in education for public school students.
If you are interested in running for the school board, please see the link to NYSSBA below. New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) has compiled information that will help guide you through the process, from determining whether Boardsmanship is for you, to taking your Oath of Office as a new Board Member. They have also included numerous documents and links to pertinent information that will help you navigate your first term as a Board Member.