FULTON, NY – Voters will fill three Fulton City School District Board of Education seats during the May election and with at least one incumbent choosing to stay out of the race, all candidates have until the last day of April to get their petitions ready.
Elected in 2011, Board President David Cordone, Clerk Barbara Hubbard and member Fred Cavalier will each see their three-year term expire on June 30.
Cordone said on Tuesday that he definitely plans to run again but Cavalier said he does not plan to seek another term on the seven-member board.
Hubbard told OswegoCountyToday.com Wednesday morning she also plans to seek re-election.
According to its Policy Handbook, “The Board of Education, as a legally constituted body of elected representatives, bears the responsibility of setting policy for the school district. The Board acts in accordance with authority and responsibility vested in it by federal and state laws, rules, and regulations on behalf of the district citizens.”
In addition to setting policy, the board also accepts or rejects recommendations made by the superintendent for staff recruitment and develops the district’s operating budget.
District Superintendent Bill Lynch said in order to run as a school board candidate applicants would need to submit a nominating petition complete with 100 signatures before the close of business on April 30.
Petition packets became available last week and can be picked up at the Fulton City School District Office on South Fourth Street.
According to school district policy, “a candidate for the office of member of the Board of Education shall meet the following qualifications:
1. be at least eighteen years of age;
2. be able to read and write English;
3. be a citizen of the United States;
4. be a qualified voter of the district;
5. be a resident of the school district for at least one year prior to election;
6. not have been removed from any school district office within the preceding year;
7. not reside with another member of the same school board as a member of the same family;
8. not be a current employee of the school board;
9. and not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office.
No employee of the school district may be a member of the Board, except as permitted by law.”
According to the rules, positions are at-large meaning each board member serves and is elected by the entire district, not just one ward or region.
The terms are three years and the positions are unpaid.
The policy guiding members can be found in the Policy Handbook, section 2000 on the school district’s website. http://www.fulton.cnyric.org/policies/viewPolicy.cfm?category=2000
The next school board meeting will be held at Fairgrieve Elementary School on March 25.
School officials noted it is expected at that meeting the Fulton Public Library will make a presentation regarding its recent budget crisis.
School board meetings are free, open and all members of the public are encouraged to attend.