On May 16, 2017, voters in the Greater Johnstown School District will have the opportunity to elect three individuals to serve three-year terms on the district’s nine-member Board of Education. We need good people to step forward to help shape the future!
School board members are ordinary citizens who decide at the local level what is best for our children and community. They do not get paid for their service. NYS Education law requires that Board members be at least 18 years old; qualified voters in the school district; able to read & write; and residents of the district continuously for one year before the election. They cannot be employees of the school district; cannot live in the same household with a family member who is also a member of the same school board; and may not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office.
In order to appear on the election ballot in small city school districts such as Johnstown, candidates file a nominating petition with the District Clerk, signed by 100 qualified district voters. You do not need to be affiliated with a political party. Completed nominating petitions must be received by the District Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on April 26, 2017. Download a nominating petition.
Candidates must also file three campaign contribution & expense statements, in accordance with NYS Education Law Section 1529. Download a campaign expense statement.
What are the responsibilities of the Board of Education?
State statutes define the powers and duties of school boards. Some of the basic responsibilities of the Board of Education include:
- Hiring and annually evaluating the Superintendent.
- Reviewing and adopting policies to be implemented by the Superintendent for the operation of the school.
- Adopting an annual budget for presentation to voters.
- Reviewing and approving financial reports of the school system.
- Approving the hiring of personnel recommended by the Superintendent.
- Ratifying collective bargaining agreements; responsible with the Superintendent for negotiating terms and conditions of employment as outlined in the Taylor Law.
- Considering recommendations for building improvements and expansion, as well as determining the means for financing.
- Deciding how school boundaries are drawn and whether schools are closed.
What are the time commitments?
The Johnstown school board conducts one business meeting per month and often a second meeting for workshops or subcommittees. A packet of information is delivered to board members several days before a meeting for review. From time to time, special meetings are scheduled if necessary. Board members are also encouraged to support the school community by attending district-wide events when possible.
Why should I step forward?
Your local school board makes decisions that affect your children and your community. This could be your chance to weigh in and shape their future. If not you, then who?