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Orange County School Boards Association

Workshop for Prospective School Board Members

In Person: Saturday, March 11, 2023, 9:00 - 11:00 am
                     RSVP - 3/3/23
                     OU-BOCES, 53 Gibson Road, Goshen
                     Carl Onken Conference Center
Virtual: Tuesday, March 21, 2023, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
                RSVP -  3/17/23

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Orange County School Boards Association invites anyone interested in serving on their local school board of education to attend this workshop and learn about the roles, responsibilities, and realities of school board service.

Click here to view the flyer.

Run for the board of education

Note: Deadline to submit petitions for Board of Education candidacy is Monday, April 17, 2023 by 5 p.m.

Click here to access the Board of Education 2023-24 Petition Packet. 


  • There are two full (July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2026) term vacancies to be filled.

  • Candidates: Be advised that current board meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday evenings, however future meetings may begin at a different day and time. Please be sure that your schedule allows for this change should it take place. 

Additional details

  • Petitions for nominating candidates for the office of member of board of education must be filed with the clerk of the district by 5:00pm on Monday, April 17, 2023. Vacancies on the Board of Education are not considered specific offices. Candidates run at large.

  • Nominating petitions must be signed by qualified voters of the district, shall state the name and residence of each signer and the name and residence address of the candidate.

  • Nominating petitions and all other necessary documents are available to be picked up from the District Clerk’s office at 52 West Main Street, Washingtonville, NY, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on days when school is in session.

Board candidate eligibility requirements

  • Must be able to read and write.

  • Must be a qualified voter of the district. A member does not necessarily have to be a taxpayer, but must be a district resident for a period of at least one year prior to the election.

  • No more than one member of an immediate family may serve as a member of the board of education at one time.

  • May not be a current employee of the school district.

  • May not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office.

  • May not have been removed from any school district office within the preceding year.

Requirements for all newly elected Board of Education members

For any school board of education member appointed to a term beginning on or after July 1, 2005, New York State now requires them to complete, within one year, at least six hours of training in financial oversight, accountability, and fiduciary responsibilities. The areas covered are:

  • School district finances: Roles and responsibilities

  • Revenue sources and the budget process

  • Building school district fiscal fitness

  • Monitoring district fiscal fitness

  • Preventing fraud, waste, and abuse of district resources.

In addition to the above, beginning on or after July 1, 2011, New York State also requires any newly elected board members to complete, within the first year of service, training that will acquaint them with the powers, functions and duties of boards of education, as well as the powers and duties of other governing and administrative authorities affecting public education, with consideration given to the board of education role in educating all students, encouraging the attainment of a higher level of student achievement, and ensuring that students have the opportunity to achieve an education that prepares them to succeed in college or career.

The district will forward any information received regarding upcoming training that has been approved by the commissioner of education in consultation with the comptroller.

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Carrie Rodriguez

District Office