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Nov 16, 2018
Charlton Heights Elementary SchoolPashley Elementary SchoolStevens Elementary SchoolO'Rourke Middle SchoolBH-BL High School

Board of Education: Elections

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Board candidates' qualifications and expectations

In order to qualify to run for a seat on the BH-BL Board of Education, state law requires you meet the following criteria:

1) Must be able to read and write

2) Must be a qualified voter of the district:

  • You are a citizen of the United States
  • You are at least 18 years of age
  • You are not adjudged by a Court to be mentally incompetent
  • You are not a convicted felon (Election Law 2012, Section 5-106)


3) Must be and have been a resident of the BH-BL Central School District for a continuous and uninterrupted period of at least one year immediately before the election.

4) Must live in the BH-BL Central School District.

5) Cannot be employed by the BH-BL district or live in the same household with a family member who is also a member of the same school board.

All BH-BL school board members serve at large for no pay. The candidates who receive the highest number of votes on school budget day will be elected to three-year terms of office.

The seven members of the BH-BL board attend meetings on the majority of Tuesday evenings during the school year, plus some additional evenings (particularly during budget season) and some Tuesdays in the summer.

They also attend training sessions held by the NYS School Board Association, liaise with the various BH-BL PTAs, and volunteer to work on other initiatives and with other groups as needed throughout the year.

Learn more about the roles & responsibilities of a board member.

Are you interested in running for the board?

If you are interested in running for the BH-BL Board of Education, qualified residents (see above) may pick up candidate nominating petitions from the Communications Office located at O'Rourke Middle School, 173 Lakehill Road, on regular business days between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Additionally, the district's annual budget newsletter includes information about board candidates--full name, brief biography, a photo, and a position statement. In order to ensure this information is included in the newsletter we provide candidates with a Board Candidacy Packet that includes a biography form for candidates to complete, information about how to submit a photo for the budget newsletter or how to arrange for one to be taken by a district employee, and samples of previous candidates' position statements. Candidates are asked to submit a 300-word position statement that highlights why they want to run for the BH-BL Board of Education. The statements and photos must be submitted in electronic format to Tara Mitchelll at

Residents with additional questions about running for the board are welcome to call Communications Coordinator Tara Mitchell at 399-9141, ext. 85041 or at