All school budget votes and board elections in New York State have been delayed until Tuesday, June 9, according to an executive order from Governor Andrew Cuomo. Voting will be conducted by mail and all qualified voters will be sent an absentee ballot with return postage paid. This means there will be no in-person voting at district schools.
Additionally, board petitions have been suspended for this year’s election. If you would like to run for the Board of Education, you will not need to obtain signatures. Simply contact the district by 5 p.m. on May 11 with notification that you would like to become a Board of Education candidate, and if you meet the requirements, you will be added to the ballot. Interested individuals who want to run for the Board should contact Jeanne Pangburn, District Clerk, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once the East Greenbush Central School District proposed budget is adopted by the Board of Education later this month, which is tentatively scheduled for May 20, it will be shared with the school community at a virtual public hearing on May 27 and during a virtual presentation on May 28. Budget information will also be shared on the school website and in a printed newsletter that is mailed to all district residents.
“Given the changes in the voting procedures for this year and the constraints on our outreach to the public, it is critically important that community members, parents and our employees engage in the virtual opportunities provided by the district to learn about the proposed school budget,” said Superintendent Jeff Simons. “We look forward to high levels of involvement from our stakeholders.”
Budget Vote and Board Election Timeline
- May 11, 2020 – Deadline for notifying district of becoming a Board candidate. Due to District Clerk by 5 p.m. Board candidate campaign statements due.
- May 12, 2020 – First advertisement of legal notice, time and location of budget hearing and budget vote.
- May 26, 2020 – Budget packets available to the public.
- May 27, 2020 – VIRTUAL PUBLIC HEARING – 7:00 p.m.
- May 28, 2020 – Budget newsletter available to the public.
- May 28, 2020 – Virtual Presentation of Proposed Budget – 6:30 p.m.
- May 29, 2020 – Second and final advertisement of legal notice, time and location of budget hearing and budget vote.
- June 4, 2020 – Board candidate campaign statements due.
- June 9, 2020 – BUDGET VOTE AND BOARD OF EDUCATION ELECTION (Conducted by mail. All qualified voters will be sent an absentee ballot with return postage paid.)
- June 29, 2020 – Board candidate campaign statements due.
More information regarding the proposed budget will be shared with the school community when it is available.
Q&A: Budget Vote and Board Election
Q: When is this year’s budget vote and board election?
A: Tuesday, June 9.
Q: If schools are closed, what is the process for voting?
A: All registered voters will be mailed an absentee ballot with a postage paid return envelope. Those voters should fill out their ballot and mail it back to the East Greenbush Central School District, 29 Englewood Ave., East Greenbush, NY 12061. The district must receive ballots by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9.
Q: How do I obtain a ballot if I am not already registered to vote?
A: To receive a ballot, you must be registered to vote. All in-person voter registration has been suspended by New York State. Individuals may register online at the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles website.
Q: What are the requirements of a Board of Education member?
A: Board of Education members must be 18 or older, a U.S. citizen, a resident of the East Greenbush Central School District for a continuous and uninterrupted period of at least one year, and be able to read and write. Board members must take two 6-hour trainings. The board meets twice monthly during the school year.
Q: How can I become a Board candidate?
A: Interested individuals who want to run for the Board should contact Jeanne Pangburn, District Clerk, at email@example.com by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 11.